We have an expanding ageing population and are seeing a rise in the number of pensioners using mobility scooters. These small, three, four and even five-wheeled vehicles are mobility aids similar to a wheelchair but designed like a motor scooter. They are battery operated and designed for people with restricted mobility.
In the UK mobility scooters are classified by The Use of Invalid Carriages on Highways Regulations 1988 in two classes. A Class II scooter is limited to 4 mph for use on a footway only, while a Class III scooter must drive no faster than 8 mph on a road and 4 mph on footways. The subject of mobility scooters and the law has been the subject of some debate for the last few years. Because of concerns over safety issues around incidents of a serious mobility scooter accident, the issue of problems with bringing prosecutions against irresponsible users is being considered. Some mobility providers want to make third party insurance mandatory, to introduce compulsory training for users and for these types of scooter to be brought under wider road traffic legislations.
Potential dangers of mobility scooters
Despite these vehicles travelling at low speeds a serious mobility scooter accident is possible – a major incident is possible. In one frightening incident a pensioner was fatally injured after his scooter shot forward off a pavement into oncoming traffic. As with any scooter or bicycle, the rider is vulnerable to incidents that involve much heavier vehicles which can lead to severe crush injuries and head injuries even when travelling at low speeds. If a mobility scooter is incorrectly driven or the user is unwell or loses control a mobility scooter can plough into pedestrians and property with the potential risk of injury to both rider and others. The people using these may also be less able to react quickly and be more susceptible to injury in even minor collisions.
Can you make a compensation claim?
If you’ve been hurt in an accident in the last three years and someone else is to blame, the law states you should be compensated. If you contact Accident Advice Helpline now you can find out if you are in a position 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 stand to gain, so give us a call now on 0800 689 0500. You can also use the 30-second claim calculator on our website to calculate how much money you might stand to receive.