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Mobility Scooter Accidents & Insurance

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 by morethan

With mobility scooter accidents on the rise in the UK, this is why we highly recommend taking out mobility scooter insurance. Mobility Scooter Insurance starts from as little as £86 per annum covering public liability for any accidents and personal injury benefits plus accidental, fire, flood, storm or loss or damage due to theft or attempted theft.

Although mobility insurance is not compulsory yet, the Department of Transport states: ‘Although it is not a legal requirement, an insurance policy is strongly advised.”  We therefore recommend that you take out insurance on your wheelchair, mobility scooter or powerchair.  For more information  call us on 0800 046 3949 or visit our mobility scooter insurance area online:  https://www.morethanmobility.com/Insurance.html

ON THE RISE: Number of logged mobility scooter accidents in Great Britain up by 5.5%

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Data released in Autumn 2019 by the Department for Transport (DfT) has reported that 249 accidents involving mobility scooters were recorded in 2018 across Great Britain, up against the 236 in 2017.

Out of the 249 recorded accidents in 2018, 180 accidents occurred on roads, whilst 69 arose on pavements and footpaths.

The figures also reveal that male mobility scooter drivers were involved in more incidents than female drivers, with 139 accidents involving men and 99 including women – 11 were recorded as unknown.

Of the total 249 recorded accidents, 92 involved drivers over the age of 75, with 19 drivers being aged 90 and over.

52 accidents involved drivers between the age of 66 and 75, whilst 32 accidents concerned mobility scooter users between 56 and 65. Those between age 21 to 45 only accounted for less than 10 percent (23 accidents).

Additionally, 39 of the accidents logged included mobility scooters overturning.

The data comes following a year when mobility scooter accidents made headlines, leading to members of the public, some in the industry and the families of those involved in serious or fatal accidents to question the rules governing the usage of devices.

In August 2019, two families came together and launched a petition to call on the government to address concerns around the ownership and use of mobility scooters.

With some estimates predicting the number of mobility scooters in circulation in the UK could be as many as 300,000 – 400,000 vehicles, the 249 recorded accidents involving the medical devices may lead some to question if scooters do pose as much risk to the public and to users as has been reported.

The DfT’s figures are only a collection of accidents where the police were called to the scene and logged a report.

With many accidents involving mobility scooters going unreported or unrecorded, the total number of accidents in 2018 was likely far greater than the 249 number provided by the government.

Despite the 5.5 percent increase against 2017, the number of recorded accidents in 2018 was still lower than 2016’s 260, which could suggest the industry’s efforts to address safety concerns over the past three years have been having an impact.

Importance of Mobility Scooter Insurance

Monday, August 14th, 2017 by morethan

Comprehensive insurance cover for mobility scooters isn’t currently a legal requirement in the UK, and so it is all too often overlooked by mobility scooter users.

www.Help-My-Mobility.org decided to launch a petition following a spate of thefts and accidents involving individuals on mobility scooters. The firm’s director, Jason Tate, explains more;

“We hear of scooter thefts and vandalism on an almost daily basis,” he said, “not to mention incidents of people getting injured in accidents and collisions. The theft of an expensive scooter can result in the owner being left housebound, and we’ve even heard of people being forced to sell their homes to cover legal costs after a collision.”

Currently it is not a legal requirement to insure a scooter but this may be about to change with an EU directive known as the “Vnuk case”. If enacted by Parliament before or after Brexit, this may require all off-road vehicles including mobility scooters to be legally insured.

Therefore here at More Than Mobility we strongly recommend that you take out insurance on your mobility scooter as for as little as £86 per annum (only £1.66 per week) it will give you peace of mind.   Plus if you sign up today you can get an additional 3 months for FREE i.e. 15 months for the price of 12 months.  Choice of standard or plus cover available.

Your mobility scooter insurance covers many things from fire, storm, flood, loss or damage due to theft as well as public liability and personal injury benefit due to an accident.  It can also include 24/7 breakdown recovery dependent on package taken.

Please visit our website for the full range of mobility insurance we offer. If you need insurance for more than one year we have two and three years cover available.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com