2017 – 2019 Mobility scooters fatalities

A recent report revealed that 13 people died as a result of mobility scooter crashes in 2018. 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.

There’s been a significant increase in the number of mobility scooter accidents that are reported to police and new data shows that there were an average of four crashes per week. Over the last five years 28 pedestrians were seriously injured as a result of collisions with mobility scooters. Another 100 individuals were slightly injured.

Portsmouth is the most accident-prone town with six crashes involving mobility scooters in a year, according to the information from Mapmechanics. Figures revealed that there was a six percent increase in the number of accidents in 2015 compared to 2014, according to the Sunday Times. Mobility scooters were involved in collisions that resulted with injury to twelve cyclists, eight motorcyclists and a horse rider.

David Cockrell, director of Mapmechanics, commented: “The use of mobility scooters is only likely to grow as the baby-boomer generation moves into old age and with rising levels of obesity across all generations affecting personal mobility.”

There are calls for mobility scooter users to wear a protective helmet.

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