Electric Scooters (e-scooters)
Electric scooters (e-scooters) have become widely available across Queensland, including right here in Townsville, and many seem to enjoy the convenience of them. However, there still appears to be some confusion as to the risks and rules surrounding the use of e-scooters.
Claims for injuries occurring from e-scooter accidents in Queensland are generally far more complicated than ordinary motor vehicle accidents, as an e-scooter rider is unlikely to have any insurance to cover any loss or injuries suffered.
Depending on the circumstances, an injured third-party could make a compensation claim against the e-scooter company/manufacturer, the relevant local council/property owner that the e-scooter was being used on, or the rider personally. A claim could also be made against the rider’s third-party or public liability insurance if an insurance policy covers that incident. Registered vehicles such as cars, motorbikes and mopeds, are subject to compulsory third-party insurance in Queensland, however e-scooters are not necessarily or automatically included in that cover, as there is no mandatory injury insurance scheme for e-scooters.
If you have been injured due to an e-scooter accident, contact us today to discuss any entitlements you may have.