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E-bike & E-scooter Injury Compensation

Experiencing an e-scooter accident can be both alarming and distressing, often resulting in significant injuries. Should these injuries stem from an incident where another party’s negligence played a crucial role, you could be eligible for compensation. At McCarthy + Co, our specialised team of personal injury solicitors have profound expertise in advocating for individuals injured in e-scooter and e-bike incidents. We will guide you through the process of claiming compensation, ensuring you receive the support you need to address the pain and suffering endured.

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Bringing an injury claim following an e-scooter accident

E-bikes and e-scooters have emerged as popular alternatives for commuting and leisure in recent years, offering both convenience and eco-friendly benefits. However, with the rise in their usage across Ireland, the incidents of accidents involving these modes of transport have also increased. Serious accidents involving these modes of transport can inflict an enormous physical, emotional, and financial toll on individuals and their families. If the accident was avoidable, and caused due to the negligence or wrongdoing of an another road user, you may be wondering if it’s possible to bring a claim for compensation.

At McCarthy + Co, we understand the implications of new legislation when it comes to bringing accident compensation claims. The Road Traffic and Roads Act 2023 has brought significant updates to the legal framework surrounding the use of e-bikes and e-scooters in Ireland by establishing a new category of “powered personal transporters” (PPTs), effectively legalising their use on Irish roads. With our in-depth knowledge of this Act and other legislation relating to accidents on the road, our personal injury team at McCarthy + Co is uniquely positioned to guide you through the intricacies of bringing your e-scooter accident claim.

Common types of accidents involving e-scooters and e-bikes

Collisions with cars or pedestrians, falls due to uneven road surfaces or scooter malfunctions, and accidents caused by rider inexperience are some of the most common reasons for accidents. Additionally, e-scooter defects or maintenance issues sometimes contribute to accidents, making manufacturers or service providers potential subjects of claims. If you were a pedestrian using a public road or pathway, and you were struck by an e-scooter or e-bike rider, you may also have the grounds to bring an injury compensation claim.

Starting your claim

There are critical pieces of information you must gather before you can start your claim, including the details of everyone involved, the emergency service workers’ contact details, photographs of the scene, CCTV and dash cam footage, and details of the accident’s date, time, and weather conditions. Also, you must keep receipts of accident-related expenses and copies of any reports by the Garda or medical staff. It’s crucial to report the accident to the Gardaí, regardless of its severity. If the incident is minor and the Gardaí are not on-site, visit your local station to ensure they document the incident and take your statement. An experienced personal injury solicitor can help you with evidence gathering and building your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to accidents involving e-bikes and e-scooters.

  • Is it possible to bring a claim due to a defect with the e-scooter?

    Yes, it is. Such claims typically fall under product liability law, where manufacturers, distributors, or retailers might be held responsible for injuries caused by defects in the design, manufacture, or marketing of the e-scooter or e-bike. To succeed, the claimant must prove the e-scooter or bike was defective, the defect caused the injury, and the injury resulted in damages.

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  • Can I bring a claim as an injured pedestrian?

    Yes, absolutely. If injured due to the rider's negligence, such as failing to follow traffic laws or riding recklessly, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and related damages. Your claim would typically be based on the rider's failure to exercise reasonable care, and you would need to demonstrate that this failure caused your injuries. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other damages.

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  • Do I need a solicitor to win my case?

    While you are not legally required to have a solicitor to bring a claim, having one is highly recommended. Solicitors provide expert advice on the merits of your case, navigate complex legal procedures, negotiate settlements, and represent you in court if necessary. Their expertise can significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome and ensure that your claim is accurately valued. For complicated cases or those involving significant damages, the support of a solicitor can be invaluable in managing the legal process and achieving the best possible result.

Start your e-scooter injury claim

If you have sustained a serious injury as a result of using an e-bike or e-scooter, or you were involved in a collision with one as a pedestrian, you may have the grounds to bring a compensation claim. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on info@mccarthy.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including road traffic and car accident compensation claims cases. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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Flor McCarthy

Flor McCarthy

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wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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