‘No surprise’: Campaigners warn of up to 200,000 e-scooter road accidents this year

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New research has shown there could be up to 200,000 e-scooter accidents by the end of 2021. This comes as the UK is set to hit one million riders within the next six months.

Numerous cities around the UK have been trialling vehicle schemes as councils look at ways to ease congestion on roads, as well as keeping emissions to a minimum.

Following a number of dangerous e-scooter incidents caught on Dash Cams, Nextbase carried out new research unveiling that one in five e-scooter riders will be involved in an accident by the end of the year.

Around 63 percent of these accidents will be caused by new riders, who may potentially be using an e-scooter provided by the new UK city rental trials.

Further research also found 70 percent of e-scooter accidents happen during daylight hours, with 80 percent of accidents taking place in busy intersections.

Currently, privately owned e-scooters are illegal to ride in public, and drivers could be slapped with a fine, penalty points on their licence and the scooter could be impounded.

For scooters which are part of trials, riders need a provisional licence, and many are required to take an online test before being able to rent one.

In terms of safety, cycle helmets are advised when riding, but are not a legal requirement.

Some rental scooters will come with a helmet when you first book it.

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Nextbase is advising motorists to protect themselves from unlicensed and uninsured e-scooters by capturing footage from their vehicles. 

Video evidence is accepted by all UK police forces and insurers, and could be the only proof in case of an e-scooter incident.

Bryn Brooker, head of marketing and road safety at Nextbase, commented on the rise of incidents, and how they could potentially be prevented.

He said: “It will come as no surprise that we have seen an increase in the amount of serious e-scooter collisions from our Dash Cam users.

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