For someone who is already in a mobility scooter, getting injured in an accident can be disastrous. Depending on the type of accident and severity of the injuries, the driver’s disabilities may get compounded, restricting their movement even further. If you were injured in a no-fault accident while driving your mobility scooter, you may be legally entitled to file a mobility scooter accident claim for compensation.
Rules Regarding Mobility Scooter Use in the UK
According to the rules, mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs come under the category of ‘invalid carriages’.
Mobility scooters are further classified as Class 2 or Class 3 invalid carriages. Each of these is governed by a different set of rules.
- Class 2 invalid carriage – You do not need a license to drive a Class 2 mobility scooter, nor do you have to register the vehicle. You cannot drive a Class 2 mobility scooter on the road. You have to drive only on the pavement, except in places where there is no pavement. The maximum speed limit when driving a Class 2 invalid carriage is 4mph.
- Class 3 invalid carriage – You do not need a license to drive a Class 3 mobility scooter but you do need to register the vehicle. You may drive a Class 3 mobility scooter on the road at a maximum speed limit of 8mph.
Speed Limits – With both classes of mobility scooters, the maximum speed limit when driving on the pavement is 4mph. If you drive any faster than this, you are actually breaking the law.
Right of Way – According to the Highway Code, pedestrians have the right of way on the pavement over mobility scooters.
It is important to understand that you could automatically forfeit all rights to compensation if you break the rules while operating your mobility scooter causing an accident.
What Could You Claim For In Case Of A Mobility Scooter Accident?
The exact list of things you can claim compensation for in a mobility scooter accident will depend on your unique circumstances. In general, you could claim compensation for:
- Cost of your medical treatment – While mild injuries may require a visit to your local A&E, more severe injuries may require an extended hospital stay with several diagnostic tests and even surgery. If you can prove that your accident was due to somebody else’s negligence, any medical costs will be reimbursed. This also takes into consideration the cost of home care if that’s necessary.
- Cost of transportation associated with your medical treatment – The cost of travelling back and forth for ongoing medical treatment can add up quickly. You can claim to be reimbursed for the total cost of travel.
- Cost of a new mobility scooter – If your mobility scooter was damaged in the accident, you could claim the cost of repairs or purchasing a new one if it is written off.
- Compensation for pain and suffering – Getting injured in a mobility scooter accident can be a traumatic experience for anyone. When you are already mobility impaired, this can be absolutely devastating for you. The law takes this into consideration and allows mobility scooter accident victims to claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused.
- Loss of income – If your injuries force you to stay home from work, causing you to lose your source of income either temporarily or permanently, you can claim compensation for loss of income. You can also claim for loss of promotional avenues and bonuses if your injuries prevented you from benefiting from these perks.
I Was Hit By A Mobility Scooter Can I Claim Compensation?
No Win No Fee Mobility Scooter Accident Claims
Before you choose a personal injury solicitor to make your mobility scooter accident claim, ask if they will do it on a No Win No Fee basis. Most personal injury solicitors offer this agreement to claimants. A No Win No Fee agreement allows you to get the benefits of the solicitor’s expertise without having to pay any upfront fee. The solicitor will cover all costs associated with your claim and work with you to build a strong case. If your mobility scooter accident claim is unsuccessful, you do not have to pay anything. If your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation, a percentage of that compensation will be deducted as the solicitor’s fees. This works hugely in your favour as it means you are not out of pocket at any time.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a mobility scooter accident claim then please get in touch with us today to speak with a personal injury solicitor.
Common Causes Of Mobility Scooter Accidents
Sometimes, despite driving carefully and observing all the rules governing mobility scooters, accidents still happen. There are three main types of mobility scooter accidents.
- Environmental causes – These are accidents that might be caused due to broken or uneven surfaces. This could happen while driving on the pavement or in a shopping centre, restaurant, supermarket or at work. The uneven surface could cause your mobility scooter to topple over trapping you under it or the bump could cause you to fall off the mobility scooter and get injured.
- Collision with another vehicle – These are accidents that are caused by another driver’s negligence. You could be seriously injured if another driver who is driving carelessly collides with your mobility scooter. In such an accident, the chances of your mobility scooter also getting severely damaged are very high.
- Faulty mobility scooter mechanism – These types of accidents are caused due to a fault with your mobility scooter itself. For example, you may not be able to stop your scooter in time if the brakes fail, causing you to crash into something and get injured.
No matter what type of accident caused your injuries, if it was not your fault, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor and explore your legal options for making a mobility scooter accident claim for compensation.