According to data from RoSPA, more than 10,000 scooters are purchased in the UK every week (source: ). As the popularity of scooters soars, sadly, so does the number of children affected by scooter injuries. Scooters are great fun, but they can also pose an injury risk. Here are some of the most common scooter injuries for children and some tips to help stay safe.
Common scooter injuries for children
In the majority of cases, scooter injuries for children are minor. However, it is possible for scooter accidents to cause more severe injuries. Examples of the most common scooter accident injuries include:
- Cuts and grazes
- Sprains and strains
The risk of scooter accidents is lower when children use them on private property, rather than out on the roads. If your child is using their scooter on a pavement, there are additional risks to take into account. Children can fall off a scooter anywhere, but with a road nearby, there’s a chance that they could fall into the road with oncoming traffic approaching or collide with a cyclist or a motorist. If you are taking your child to school, for example, and they’re desperate to take their scooter, make sure you walk on the side of the pavement closest to the road and help them cross safely. Supervise them at all times, and make sure they are wearing a helmet, knee and elbow pads. This will help to minimise the impact if they do stumble or take a trip.
Are children always liable for scooter accidents?
Using a scooter carries inherent risks. Even young children can build up speed when they’re on a scooter and if they lose balance or control, they can end up with nasty injuries. In most cases, scooter accidents are caused by children. However, there may be cases when another person or a manufacturer is to blame. If the child’s scooter was faulty or somebody else caused a collision, for example, you may have a case for compensation on behalf of your child. If you’d like to find out more about claiming compensation for a scooter accident or you think you may have a case for faulty product compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about no-win, no-fee* compensation.