Mobility scooters are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Compact, battery-operated mobility aids, they are designed like scooters, but look like a large covered wheelchair or small buggy. Perfect for people with restricted mobility, be they disabled or infirm through age, they help people to be more independent. However, there are concerns about the road safety issues of vehicles which can, in some cases, drive up to 8mph on a road. There have been a number of mobility scooter road injuries caused as a result of collisions with street furniture, with pedestrians, pushchairs and even with cars.
Currently there are discussions round the legal status of a mobility scooter in terms of insurance, road tax etc..Because there have been prosecutions brought against irresponsible or ignorant owners, there are some who want to see third party insurance mandatory. There is also a call for compulsory training and these vehicles to be brought under the road traffic legislation banner.
Causes of mobility scooter road injuries
These vehicles travel at low speeds only and can appear quite innocuous, but mobility scooter road injuries can and do occur in accidents involving their drivers, other vehicles and pedestrians. A key concern about mobility scooters on the roads is that the people typically using these may be unwell or have slower reflexes or little recent experience of being a road user. They may be less able to react quickly and be more susceptible to injury in even minor collisions at low speeds. Worryingly, the vehicles are sometimes sold to people with little or no proper training and as with any scooter or motorbike or bicycle, this type of small vehicle is very vulnerable in the event of a collision.
Can I claim for mobility scooter road injuries?
If you’ve received mobility scooter road injuries in the last three years and believe it can be shown that another party was negligent, the law states you should be compensated. If you contact Accident Advice Helpline we will give you all the necessary advice and information to help you decide whether to pursue this course of action. Accident Advice Helpline has experience of helping people just like you and has the backing of consumer champion Esther Rantzen. You have nothing to lose and may be able to submit a claim on a no-win, no-fee* basis. So give us a call now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown