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Mobility Scooter Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 20th June 2022. Have you suffered due to a mobility scooter injury? If you have been involved in any type of accident with a mobility scooter, then you may be entitled to compensation. Throughout this guide, we are going to address scooter accident claims in greater length.

There are many different ways that mobility scooter accidents can happen. This includes injuries that have occurred to the driver because of a manufacturing fault with the scooter. It also includes damages that have occurred to pedestrians because the mobility scooter driver has been careless. No matter what has occurred, this guide will give you all of the information you need in order to make a strong case and get the compensation that you deserve.

Continue reading to learn more about claiming for a mobility scooter accident. This guide will also answer questions such as, “what happens if you crash a mobility scooter?” If you prefer, you can receive free legal advice by calling us on 0800 073 8804. Our advisors can answer any questions or queries you can have. You can also contact us online or write to us using the Live Chat window. 

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Mobility scooter injury claims – Your Guide

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In this guide, you will find out everything you need to know about making a personal injury compensation claim for a mobility scooter accident. Although scooter accident claims may not be exceptionally common, you can usually make a claim if you have been hurt in an accident involving a mobility scooter and it was not your fault. This includes accidents due to faulty mobility scooters and those who have been hurt because they have been hit by a mobility scooter.

To find out everything you need to know about scooter accident claims, please read on. This guide covers everything from common mobility scooter injuries and eligibility to how much compensation you may receive and how to go about making a claim. It’s important to remember that you will need evidence to prove that your mobility scooter crash was caused by third-party negligence to potentially receive compensation.

What is a mobility scooter injury claim?

Scooter accident claims are claims for compensation regarding accidents involving mobility scooters. You may have been the person driving the mobility scooter, or you may be a pedestrian that has been hurt because of someone else and their mobility scooter. Either way, you simply need to prove that the accident was not your fault if you are to claim successfully.

What rules are there for mobility scooters?

There are a number of different rules in place regarding mobility scooters and their use. You can only use a powered wheelchair or a mobility scooter if the following applies:

  • You are taking the vehicle to or from repair or maintenance.
  • You are training as a disabled user.
  • You are demonstrating the vehicle before it is sold.
  • You have trouble walking because of a medical condition, physical disability, or injury.

For class 3 invalid carriages, several requirements need to be met. These scooters must have all of the following features:

  • An amber flashing light if it is utilised on a dual carriageway
  • A rear-view mirror
  • An audible horn
  • Direction indicators that can also operate as a hazard warning signal
  • Rear and front reflectors and lights
  • An efficient braking system
  • A maximum speed of 8 mph
  • A device to limit its speed to 4 mph
  • A maximum width of 0.85 meters
  • A maximum unladen weight of 150 kg

If you have a mobility scooter and you do not meet these requirements, you may be stopped by the police. What’s more, if you cause an accident while operating your mobility scooter under these conditions, you could become liable for scooter accident claims.

Eyesight requirements are often debated with regards to mobility scooter use. While there is no specific legal requirement in place, you should be able to read the registration plate of a vehicle from 12.3 metres away. It is up to you to check that you can do this on a regular basis. If your poor eyesight is to blame for an accident, you will need to pay compensation.

Common mobility scooter accidents

Many different types of mobility scooter accidents can happen, with many resulting in scooter accident claims. Reasons for these accidents could include the following:

  • Faulty scooters
  • Poor eyesight
  • Carelessness
  • Potholes or obstructions on the road

Common mobility scooter injuries?

There are so many different types of injuries that can be sustained because of a mobility scooter accident. This could be anything from a leg injury to a wrist injury, as well as brain and head injuries. Either way, so long as a third party was at fault, you could have grounds to make scooter accident claims against their negligence.

Injured by fault mobility scooter – can I claim?

If you have been involved in an accident because there was an issue with your mobility scooter, you should definitely get in touch with a specialist solicitor regarding scooter accident claims. All designers and manufacturers have a duty to their customers. They should not release anything on the market unless it is safe for use.

All products, including mobility scooters, undergo rigorous testing to ensure that this is the case. Nevertheless, there are cases whereby certain products slip through the wire. If your mobility scooter was faulty and this has caused an accident, you can make a claim. You should call up the manufacturer to make a formal complaint so that there is a record of the problem. It is also a good idea to take a photo of the scooter if the damage is visible, as this can help to strengthen your case.

It’s important to gather evidence as quickly as possible after the accident has taken place. Evidence can help demonstrate who was at fault for the mobility scooter accident. To receive compensation, you will need to prove that another third party, such as the scooter manufacturer, was liable for the accident.

I was hit by a mobility scooter and injured – can I make a claim?

Yes, if you have sustained a mobility scooter injury because someone has hit you, you could have grounds to make scooter accident claims. Providing that the accident was the driver’s fault and not your own, you could be able to hold them liable.

There are many different ways that the driver could be to blame for the injury you have sustained. This includes sheer carelessness, driving too fast, and driving with bad eyesight.

Top Tips For Proving Mobility Scooter Accident Claims

To make a successful claim, you’ll need to prove that the mobility scooter crash that resulted in your injuries was caused by negligence. This factors into knowing how to claim for a mobility scooter accident.

Establishing negligence means gathering evidence to support your claim. Quality evidence is a very important part of making a claim. Mobility scooter accidents can occur in a number of ways. Therefore, the act of gathering proof is for the purpose of making it as clear as possible whose negligence caused your injuries.

To illustrate, we have laid out some examples below of evidence that you could gather. If you have any questions or want more examples of proof that could help you, get in touch with our advisors.

  • Visual evidence Photographs and CCTV footage can be a vital resource when it comes to establishing negligence. Additionally, photographs of your injuries and the damage done to your scooter can assist those valuing your claim.
  • Witness contact details – Those who saw what happened can submit a written statement. Our lawyers can help assist you with gathering these statements, as well as other evidence. So, if you choose to enlist our services, you’ll be in good hands.
  •  Medical records – Information such as the date of your treatment and the severity of your injuries will be recorded. Additionally, any treatment you received will also feature. This can help when calculating how much your injuries are worth.

 However, this list is not exhaustive. There may be other forms of evidence that could support your claim. If you hire a solicitor from Legal Expert, they can use their knowledge and experience to advise you on what evidence will work best for your specific case. To potentially be connected with a lawyer, get in touch with our advisors today.

Mobility scooter accidents on the road – what do I need to know?

There are rules in place regarding mobility scooters and their use on the road. Only class 3 invalid carriages can be used on the road, and 8 mph is the maximum speed. You are not allowed to drive on motorways, cycle only lanes, or bus lanes. Moreover, you should not use a carriageway with a speed limit of over 50 mph.

If you break these rules and an accident occurs, you will be to blame. It is also important to note that anyone driving his or her mobility scooter on the road needs to follow the Highway Code. You also need to ensure your amber flashing light is used when on a dual carriageway in a class 3 invalid carriage so you can be visible to other drivers.

What Happens If You Crash A Mobility Scooter?

You may be wondering “what happens if you crash a mobility scooter?” If you crash into another vehicle, the drivers of both vehicles should exchange contact information. This includes taking the other driver’s insurance details if, for instance, your scooter collided with a car. 

Firstly, if you’ve been involved in a mobility scooter crash, you should ensure that you and the other people involved have sufficient medical help. By exchanging details, you can then potentially look into making a mobility scooter accident claim. 

If you cause an accident while operating your mobility scooter, you could become liable for scooter accident claims. You could have a claim made against you if you’re deemed to be responsible for the accident. Please read on to learn more or get in touch with us today.

Mobility scooter injuries on the pavement – claims information

There are also rules in place regarding the use of mobility scooters when on pavements and when parking. In pedestrian areas or on footpaths, all powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters can legally travel at 4 mph at a maximum speed. You cannot use footpaths that are designed for cyclists only. You also need to be aware of the parking restrictions that are in place. These are the normal restrictions that apply to all vehicles.

If you cause an accident while operating your mobility scooter under these conditions, you could become liable for scooter accident claims. Please read on to learn more or get in touch with us today. You can contact us to discuss your mobility scooter accident at a time that works for you using the above details.

What kinds of compensation can I claim for mobility scooter injury?

Mobility scooter compensation is divided into two different parts: general damages and special damages. General damages relate to the money you could claim to cover the pain and suffering you have fallen victim to.

What about special damages? This allows you to cover any of the costs you have been subject to pay out of pocket because of the accident you were involved in. Perhaps you have suffered a loss of income because you have not been able to work due to the injury you have sustained?

Maybe you have had to pay for a child-minder because you have not had anyone to look after your child while you recover? Other common costs include travel expenses, hospital parking tickets, and the cost of counselling. Please make sure you track these costs and that you keep proof of them in the form of receipts and such like.

Time restrictions for mobility scooter injury claims

Many people make the mistake of assuming that they have all of the time in the world to launch mobility scooter injury claims. This is not the case. There is a time limit, and this time limit is three years from the accident date. You should not wait until the last moment to proceed either, as court proceedings need to be issued within this time frame.

There are some exceptions to the rule if there are exceptional circumstances, so it is worth contacting us for more information if you have already passed the three-year time frame. We will do everything we can to try and launch scooter accident claims.

Compensation Payouts For Mobility Scooter Accident Injuries

If negligence has caused someone to be injured due to a mobility scooter accident, then they may be entitled to compensation for any physical and psychological ailments. For instance, a mobility scooter crash may result in injuries such as a broken bone or a dislocation.

Regardless of the injury, you could potentially claim under two heads. The figure that’s awarded in line with your pain and suffering is called general damages. The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a publication that legal professionals can use as part of the process of valuing this figure. The JCG was last updated in 2022. We’ve included some entries in the table below.

These figures should only be used as a rough guide, as your claim will need to be assessed on an individual basis first. This is so all of your specific circumstances can first be taken into account. You can also head to our compensation calculator, or even contact us directly. Our advisors are always available to assist you with your claim in any way we can.

Injury typeDetails about the injuryLikely payout amount
Facial DisfigurementVery Severe Scarring£29,780 to £97,330
Facial DisfigurementLess Severe Scarring£17,960 to £48,420
Facial DisfigurementSignificant Scarring£9,110 to £30,090
Facial DisfigurementLess Significant Scarring£3,950 to £13,740
Ankle InjuriesVery Severe£50,060 to £69,700
Ankle InjuriesSevere£31,310 to £50,060
Ankle InjuriesModerate£13,740 to £26,590
Knee InjuriesSevere£69,730 to £96,210
Knee InjuriesModerate£14,840 to £26,190
Hand InjurySerious £29,000 to £61,910
Hand InjuryLess Serious £14,450 to £29,000
Shoulder InjurySevere£19,200 to £48,030
Shoulder InjuryModerate £7,890 to £12,770

Are you worried because you cannot spot the injury you have suffered in the table above? Don’t be! You can seek compensation for the majority of injuries caused by a mobility scooter accident if you can prove another third party was liable. You can give us a call for more information.

No Win No Fee mobility scooter injury claims – how do they work?

When looking for a solicitor to handle mobility scooter accident claims, one of the most important factors you will need to consider is the payment. How much does this lawyer charge for their service? How is the service billed? Well, over the past few years, No Win, No Fee claims have soared in popularity, ad it is not difficult to see why. Scooter accident claims offer financial protection. They don’t demand an upfront payment, which means anyone can claim; no matter how much money you have in the bank at the moment.

Instead, with this approach, the legal fee will come from the compensation. This means that it will be a percentage of the payout you receive. This will be a percentage that you and the solicitor both agree on beforehand. If your case is not a success, there will be no compensation, which means that the solicitor does not receive any money. Therefore, you are not putting your current financial standing out of risk because you simply cannot end up out of pocket. This also gives you the reassurance that your solicitor is going to be working hard for you, and that he or she will never waste your time.

Why come to us for mobility scooter injury claims?

You may be wondering why you should choose our service over the other firms that provide compensation claim assistance. There are a number of reasons why we believe we are the best. Firstly, all of the claims we handle are 100% No Win, No Fee. You should now have an understanding regarding how these claims work.

When we say No Win, No Fee, we mean No Win, No Fee. Not only this, but we have years of experience in the industry and we will provide you with a solicitor that has up to 30 years of experience. We also have an exceptional track record. All you need to do is look at the reviews that have been left by our past customers to see that this is the case. This should give you complete peace of mind. We always put our clients first, and we always aim to secure the maximum compensation amount. You won’t be disappointed when you choose our service.

Call Legal Expert now for mobility scooter claims advice

If you have been injured by mobility scooter and you wish to learn more about scooter accident claims, the next step is to give Legal Expert a call. Our team is ready and waiting to assist in any manner we can, whether this means answering your queries or getting the claim process rolling. You can reach us by calling 0800 073 8804, and this number is available seven days per week from 9 am until 9 pm, meaning you can call at any time that is convenient for you.

Please note that our advice is free, and there is no obligation to continue with our service once you call. There are also numerous other ways for you to get in touch with our experienced time. This includes requesting a call-back via our website. You can also use the live chat feature, as well as the online contact form. No matter what method you choose, we will aim to respond to you in the quickest and most efficient manner, giving you all of the assistance you need. We hope to hear from you soon.

Helpful Links

We hope you have found this guide about claiming for a mobility scooter crash useful. However, if you have further questions, you may find more useful information in the links below.

Wheelchair and scooter rules – GOV

This link takes you to the UK Government website where you will find information on the rules regarding powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters. This includes details on who can use them, eyesight requirement, driving on footpaths, parking, driving on the road, insurance, registration, vehicle tax, and much more.

Wheelchair accident claims guide

If you have had an accident involving a wheelchair or ramp contact us today and find out how much you can claim also get free advice.

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Scooter Accident Claims FAQ

What can go wrong with a mobility scooter?

As with all forms of road transportation, there are a variety of issues that can arise and ultimately result in a mobility scooter accident. For instance, accidents could be caused by driving under the influence or dangerous driving.

Do scooter accident claims require a personal injury solicitor?

In short, you do need a personal injury solicitor by your side in order to make a claim. However, having a legal representative by your side can make all the difference. Thankfully, our panel of solicitors has up to 30 years worth of experience handling personal injury claims, which means they can offer free legal advice and assist you throughout the claims process.

Must scooter accident claims be made within a certain timeframe?

In order to make a successful claim, you must begin your case within 3-years. In legal terms, this is referred to a personal injury claims time limit. Should you fail to begin your case within the designated limitation period then the validity of your case would become compromised.

If you’re unsure if you can claim due to the personal injury claims time limit, contact us today to discuss your potential mobility scooter accident claim. There are exceptions to the 3-year rule which could mean that you’re still able to claim.

Thank you for taking the time to read our scooter accident claims guide. If you have further questions about claiming for a mobility scooter accident, contact our team for free legal advice at a time that works for you.

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