Scooter riding, first popularised by flotillas of mods heading to seaside resorts in the 1960s, has gone from strength to strength. The stylishness and ease of operation of these vehicles has ensured that they have remained popular ever since. In today’s increasingly congested city centre, scooters are ideal for zipping though traffic. They are good for the environment, and compared with cars or lorries, relatively economical to run. However, scooters must share the highways with four-wheeled vehicles that are much faster and bulkier, and who can’t always see scooters. Consequently the numbers of injured scooter riders remains disproportionately large.
Scooters are much more flimsy than cars. This means that whenever there is a collision between the two, the scooter will always receive far greater damage. Unlike cars or lorries, which are effectively metal capsules surrounded by reinforced glass and airbags, scooter riders are at the mercy of their fellow road users. In the event of a collision a rider will usually be thrown clear of the scooter, leaving themselves open to all manner of injury, from minor cuts and grazes to multiple fractures or worse.
How can safety be increased?
The onus for keeping the number of injured scooter riders to as low a figure as possible is on both scooter drivers and other motorists. Scooter riders can have a tendency to use their vehicles’ manoeuvrability as a way of cutting through traffic lanes, but car owners have an equal responsibility of showing respect to these much smaller and lighter vehicles. Scooter owners can help their situation by ensuring their vehicle is well-maintained, and that appropriate safety gear is worn at all times, including high visibility jackets or helmets during darker periods.
Have you considered free advice from an experienced claims lawyer?
If you have, then look no further than Accident Advice Helpline. We have years of experience of dealing with compensation claims. If you fall into the category of someone who has had a scooter accident within the past three years, and you feel that there was negligence on the part of someone else, then you are already half way there. Now go to the next stage of the process by seeking advice from an experienced lawyer. Phone Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we will pass your details to one of our professional legal team.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown