Drivers will be ‘held responsible’ for e-scooter crashes in ‘biggest risk’ to UK motorists

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Drivers have been warned e-scooter were set to become one of the “biggest risks” to British road users. Motorists must be able to “prove” they were not responsible in an incident to avoid being hit with possible penalties.

They say footage from a dash cam was crucial to act as “evidence in challenging insurance claims”.

Drivers could face losing their no claims car insurance discount and risk increased costs if they are believed to be at fault during an e-scooter accident.

Bryn Brooker, spokesperson for Nextbase said demand for e-scooters was on the rise which had increased the risk.

He said: “The increase in sales and trials is leading to more commuters using e-scooters and many riders have little knowledge of road safety.

“With darker and wetter evenings starting in September and a rise in riders travelling in packs or riders using them after a night out, e-scooters are set to become one of the biggest risks to British motorists.

“Motorists are likely to be held responsible if involved in an e-scooter incident unless they can prove otherwise.

“Dash cams are drivers’ independent witnesses in these scenarios and can provide crucial evidence in challenging insurance claims.

“Proving you were not at fault and protecting drivers’ No Claims Discount and future increases in premiums.”

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Last summer, motoring lawyer Nick Freeman told e-scooters could become a “nightmare for the motorist”.

He warned there would be “numerous serious accidents” and could be a “huge challenge” for drivers to deal with.

Mr Freeman also warned blaming the driver for an accident involving an e-scooter would be the “default position”

He said: “The starting point, the default position is if you are involved in an accident with a bike, with an electric bike, with an e-scooter it will be your fault.

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