Audrey King 70, from Leigh near Wigan, suffered a broken hip and a fracture her thigh bone when she was struck by a Mobility Scooter. The rider of the mobility scooter had reportedly lost control of her vehicle after she snagged her coat on the scooter causing the collision with Mrs King.
Mrs King has now decided to launch a personal injury compensation claim against the rider of the vehicle. This is one of the first cases of a mobility scooter owner being taken to court after an accident caused by a collision with a pedestrian.
Currently insurance for mobility scooters is not mandatory and it is believed that the vehicle owner in question did not have insurance. This has left Mrs King with no option other than to sue the rider of the vehicle who will not be covered by any insurance company policy.
As well as a broken hip and a fractured femur Mrs King had to stay in hospital for six days and has not yet fully recovered. In fact it could be up to two years before a full recovery is expected and a hip replacement operation may also be required.
Mrs King is to launch a personal injury compensation claim against the rider on grounds of negligence and has stated to the Daily Mail “I have nothing against her personally but she wasn’t covered by insurance, it is going to take me two years to recover from this injury. I face a long, hard road to rehabilitation”
This is not the first accident of its kind, in fact a 90 year old woman was killed after being knocked down by a mobility scooter on the Isle of Wight in 2009 and more recently a toddler was injured in Doncaster after being struck by a scooter.
A Department for Transport review took place in 2005 with regards to safety issue surrounding Mobility Scooters and recommended third party insurance to deal with cases where people are injured by accidents involving mobility scooters.
The recommendations 2057919930 of the report have not yet passed into legislation leaving personal injury accident victims such as Mrs King also suffering uncertainty as to whether it’s possible to obtain a measure of compensation to alleviate their suffering.