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It is Injury Prevention Week 2022 (27 June to 1 July). Organised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Injury Prevention Week highlights how we should all consider the safety of others in our daily lives.
APIL is a not-for-profit organisation that supports injured people and their legal representatives, and campaigns for harm prevention and better access to justice.
The focus for Injury Prevention Week 2022 is the use of e-scooters in light of the sharp increase in the number of e-scooter accidents over the past year.
E-scooters have risen in popularity since e-scooter rental schemes and trials were set up around the UK. However, currently, only rental e-scooters can be ridden legally.
According to the recent Queen’s Speech, the Government is planning to legalise the use of privately-owned e-scooters on public roads. It is estimated that this will lead to an influx of up to 750,000 e-scooters on our roads.
As reported in a previous Novum Law blog, the number of e-scooter accidents needing an ambulance doubled between 2020 and 2021.
Tragically, last month, the UK’s first pedestrian death caused by an e-scooter happened when a grandmother was hit by an e-scooter rider while she was walking along a pavement.
Suggestions have been put forward to reduce the risk of e-scooter accidents. These include:
“It’s both telling and necessary that this year’s Injury Prevention Week is themed around e-scooters. They can be a great, eco-friendly way to travel, but the number of accidents involving e-scooters is very concerning. We’d like to use this opportunity to encourage a closer focus on e-scooter safety. This involves e-scooter riders making sure that they personally follow key safety tips, but it also involves better legislation that aims to protect riders, pedestrians and other road users alike.”
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an e-scooter that wasn’t your fault, Novum Law’s team of specialist personal injury solicitors might be able to help on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. To find out more, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form for a free, no obligation chat.
More information about APIL, including further details about Injury Prevention Week 2022, can be found on their website.
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