Liability for Mobility Scooter Accidents in Devon
At a recent hearing at Rhyl County Count a Judge ruled that Gloria Brown must pay £13,000 in compensation following an accident involving her mobility scooter.
It was alleged that Mrs Brown had caused injury to a member of staff at a Morrisons supermarket when her mobility collided with the claimant. In her defence Mrs Brown argued that her mobility scooter had itself been struck by another mobility scooter being used by another customer. It was this collision, she said, that caused her to veer into the supermarket employee. However, the Court ruled in favour of the employee, ordering Mrs Brown to pay compensation for the Claimant’s personal injury and legal costs totalling more than £16,000. The Judge did however allow her to pay this sum at the rate of £100 per month.
It is understood that Mrs Brown is thinking of appealing this decision.
Despite the rapid rise in the number of mobility scooters in use in Devon there are no obligations on their owners to take out insurance to protect third parties. Nor is there any requirement for the owners of mobility scooters to undertake any specific training on the safe use of a scooter.
Accidents involving mobility scooters are on the increase in Devon and our personal injury solicitors at Slee Blackwell have dealt with a number of mobility scooter injury claims of late. It is understood that Parliament is reconsidering the regulations regarding mobility scooters and we may well see the new Government taking action to prevent the problem escalating.