There could be all kinds of reasons why someone might need to use a mobility scooter. For example, they may find it difficult to walk long distances, so a scooter will give them more freedom than they would otherwise have. In other instances, people may not be able to walk at all, other than a few steps. Using a mobility scooter therefore makes all the difference between being able to get out and about and staying indoors all the time.
However, it is important to recognise the safety aspects involved when using a mobility scooter. The user needs to be mindful of other people and their safety too. It isn’t necessary to have a licence to drive one, but certain types do have to be registered. Additionally, class 3 scooters can be ridden in the road at a faster speed than they should be ridden if used on the pavement.
Understanding speed and safety
When using a mobility scooter, you must make sure you stick to the speed limits imposed on these vehicles. While they may seem slow, they are built this way because many of them are used on the pavement. They are very heavy too, some more than others, and if someone was to be hit by one of them it could cause them some nasty injuries.
This is why it pays to be alert when using a scooter, no matter what class it is. This is particularly the case when it is used on the pavement, as you will no doubt come across pedestrians, young children and possibly even dogs being taken for a walk.
While a careful scooter driver will never be involved in an accident that is their own fault, there have been incidents where people have been hurt because someone on a mobility scooter did not see them or was going too fast. Four miles per hour can seem fast when a pedestrian sees one of these scooters bearing down on them.
If you have been in this position, and you received injuries in a collision with a scooter, it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This is a free enquiry line and always will be free, so it doesn’t cost a penny to enquire whether a claim is possible. If a no win, no fee claim is likely, we’ll take all of the relevant details and get the ball rolling.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead