Mobility scooter-related injuries and deaths
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report on instances of mobility scooter injuries and deaths.
The report highlights that more than 4,500 people were admitted to hospital for a possible mobility scooter-related injury between 2011–12 and 2015–16, including 121 cases involving a pedestrian who was injured in a collision with a mobility scooter.
Compared with a decade earlier, fall injuries most likely from a mobility scooter have increased for older Australians aged 60 and over—from about 200 to about 500 each year.
Over the 10 years from 2006–07 to 2015–16, a total of 69 people aged 60 and over died from a mobility scooter-related incident.
69 people died as a result of a mobility scooter-related incident. Three-quarters of those who died were 80+ years (84%) and male (79%)
Falls and transport accidents were the two main mechanisms of mobility scooter-related death, with falls comprising 62% and transport accidents making up 33% of deaths.
Falls (96%) and transport accidents (4%) were the main cause of injury with fractures accounting for 50% of mobility scooter injuries.
8 May 2019.