Melbourne’s most vulnerable pedestrians are at risk of serious injury from the influx of electric scooters. If you or someone you love suffered injury on foot due to the carelessness of an e-scooter rider, you should speak to a pedestrian scooter accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Henry Carus + Associates have been monitoring the e-scooter trial in Melbourne, and we have serious concerns about the dangers posed by riders’ negligence. Children, the elderly and the disabled are at the greatest risk, but all pedestrians can be seriously hurt if they are hit by an e-scooter.
Please call 03 9001 1318 today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our pedestrian scooter accident lawyers serve clients in Melbourne and other cities in VIC that have launched e-scooter trials.
How Common Are E-Scooter Accidents in Melbourne?
Starting 1 February 2022, the City Councils of Melbourne, Yarra, Port Phillip and Ballarat all launched electric scooter trials in an effort to improve accessibility and explore alternative transportation options that are cheaper and more sustainable than motor vehicles. Almost overnight, 1,500 e-scooters appeared on the roads and pathways of these VIC cities.
The Victorian Government partnered with Lime and Neuron. As you would expect, Lime’s electric scooters are bright green in colour while Neuron e-scooters are neon orange.
After the e-scooter trial began, we started seeing an increase in pedestrian accident injuries almost immediately. Though electric scooters can only travel at a maximum speed of 20 km/h, this is still fast enough for serious injuries to occur.
Five months into the electric scooter trial, pedestrian accidents are a daily occurrence. The head of Royal Melbourne Hospital’s emergency department told A Current Affair that victims of pedestrian scooter accidents represent ‘a new addition to [the] trauma workload’.
The Herald Sun, meanwhile, reports that nearly 50 pedestrians have been injured in e-scooter accidents from 1 February 2022 to the end of July 2022. Riders’ disregard for safety is the most common cause of accidents in which pedestrians suffer injury.
Hit by a Scooter? Take These Steps
- Get the driver’s name, contact information and insurance information (personal (i.e., home and contents) and through the scooter company).
- Document the accident and your injuries by taking photos with your mobile.
- Talk to any witnesses who saw the accident and get their names and contact information.
- Call 000 and/or seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible.
What Are the Most Common Pedestrian Scooter Accident Injuries?
Pedestrian accidents are always serious. Individuals who are on foot have little to no protection in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle or other mode of transport.
Although a Lime or Neuron e-scooter may not be as dangerous as a car or truck, pedestrians can still get hurt if they are hit by an electric scooter. Some of the injuries pedestrians can suffer in scooter accidents include:
- Broken bones, particularly fractures of the wrists, arms, legs, knees and ankles
- Injuries to the shoulder
- Soft tissue injuries (i.e., damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.)
- Road rash injuries
- Head and brain injuries
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have been injured in an accident with an e-scooter. Our pedestrian scooter accident lawyers will review your medical records and seek maximum compensation for the damages you have sustained.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered for a Pedestrian Scooter Accident?
Insurance is provided to riders who rent electric scooters as part of the trial programme. Lime riders are insured through Allianz while Neuron riders are insured via Agile Underwriting. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident with an e-scooter, you may be able to make a claim against the insurance provided through Lime or Neuron. However, this is a difficult process which is best undertaken with the assistance of an expert legal team.
In addition, you may be able to make a claim against the rider of the e-scooter through his or her home and contents insurance. Compensation through the rider’s home and contents insurance may be available if it can be shown that (a) the scooter was being operated legally when the scooter accident occurred and (b) no additional third-party insurance was required.
Finally, one or more third parties can be held liable if their negligence contributed to the e-scooter accident. This may include the owner of a public space or City Council that fails to maintain a roadway or other path.
The e-scooter trial in Melbourne has had more than its fair share of unintended consequences. What was presented as a new and exciting way to get around has left pedestrians in the CBD and other areas vulnerable to accidents.
At Henry Carus + Associates, we recognise the risks posed by widespread electric scooter usage and limited oversight of riders. If you or a member of your family suffered injury in an accident with an e-scooter, we can explore all of the available options for pursuing compensation.
Please call Henry Carus + Associates at 03 9001 1318 today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our pedestrian scooter accident lawyers serve clients in Melbourne and throughout VIC.