Available for use by anyone from the age of 16 upwards, subject to basic training and the rider holding a provisional licence, motorised scooters have one major disadvantage; due to their size, it is very difficult for other road users to see them.
Preventing unfortunate events
In order to prevent scooter accidents, riders should assume that they are invisible to other road users and ensure they:
- Have the ability to quickly manoeuvre out of harm’s way if other drivers make sudden, unexpected movements
- Stay alert all the time
- Follow road safety rules
- Do not make risky or unnecessary moves
- Do not dart out in front of other vehicles
Teenagers enjoying their ‘freedom’ for the first time in particular need to be reminded that taking risks, ignoring driving laws or making silly moves in traffic could all too easily end in a road traffic accident with potentially serious consequences.
When freedom turns to pain
Should you or your teenage son or daughter be injured in a motoring accident caused by another road user, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
When to claim
The time limit for claims is three years from the date of the accident on the road in the case of adults, or three years from the date the injured individual turns 18 in the case of minors. Claims for compensation can only be filed if the vehicle accident causing the personal injury was caused by another individual and provision of evidence supporting the claim will be required. Such evidence may include:
- Photographic evidence of the scene of the road accident; vehicles involved and the sustained accidental injury
- Witness names and contact details
- Medical records detailing information concerning the sustained injury, treatments and medication
- Names of attending police and ambulance personnel
- Receipts for costs incurred as a result of the traffic related accident
In short, any documentation providing information about the scooter-related accident, the injury sustained and any relevant incurred costs should be gathered and kept safe in order to serve as evidence supporting your vehicle accident claim.
How to initiate your claim
You can get your claim set into motion by calling the 24/7 Accident Advice Helpline advice line. Calls are free and confidential, and our advisors will be able to assist you in determining whether or not you are eligible to claim and what your chances of success are. We can also assist you in securing the help of one of our law firm’s injury solicitors.
Start the ball rolling today, by calling Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice