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Disturbing increase in mobility scooter crashes in the UK

mobility scooter safetyWith mobility scooters sales going into the stratosphere in recent years, there is a direct correlation in the rise in the number of accidents both minor and fatal involving mobility scooters.

Mobility scooters now account for more accidents on the road than tractors!! According to the Daily Record, in excess of 700 people in the UK have been hurt in road accidents involving mobility scooters since 2011

Despite the fact that mobility scooters can only travel at speeds up to 8mph, there were 10 accidents involving mobility scooters in Scotland in 2015. One of the accidents, in Falkirk, proved fatal and another resulted in serious injuries. In contrast, just 14 road accidents in the past three years in Scotland have involved tractors.

Across the UK as a whole, 707 people have been hurt in 681 road accidents involving mobility scooters in the past five years, 23 of them being fatal. Last year, mobility scooters were involved in 222 crashes nationally, constituting a 6.2% increase on the 209 accidents in 2014 which was 34% higher than the figure for 2013.

The UK is the mobility scooter capital of Europe, with the number of mobility scooters on our roads estimated to be between 350,000 and 400,000.

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