A LEADING insurance company has estimated accidents involving E-scooters and cars will increase this year after facilities were put in place in more than 30 locations across England, including on the Isle of Wight.

Adam Gavin, deputy head of claims, from Admiral said: “With (more) people using E-scooters comes an increase in risk for all road users, including motorists who have an additional hazard to look out for.

"So far this year, Admiral has seen a spike in the number of accidents reported to us involving E-scooter riders, with 52 registered to date.

"Although this may not sound like a lot, it’s a big difference compared to the start of last year where there were just 13 accidents reported to us in total from January to June 2020.

Isle of Wight County Press: Total number of accidents reported to Admiral 2017 to 2021.Total number of accidents reported to Admiral 2017 to 2021.

“Before taking an E-scooter out for a spin remember to wear a helmet, make sure you have a valid provisional driving licence and double check the rental E-scooter operator has the correct insurance so you know you’re protected in case of an accident.”

To help all road users navigate the new rules that E-scooters introduce, Admiral has created a handy E-scooter myth buster including common misconceptions.