An accident with a motorised scooter has left 72-year-old Toormina pensioner Nikola Drazic incapacitated with little option for compensation.
An accident with a motorised scooter has left 72-year-old Toormina pensioner Nikola Drazic incapacitated with little option for compensation. TREVOR VEALE

Hit by scooter, no insurance help

NIKOLA Drazic doesn't have "a leg to stand on".

The crippled Toormina pensioner, 72, who uses two walking sticks to support his weight, has been left a victim of relaxed registration laws for mobility scooters or "gophers" in NSW.

Knocked down by a scooter two-and-a-half years ago in a local shopping centre, Mr Drazic has suffered debilitating leg, neck and back injuries.

Given that scooters do not have to be registered in NSW, he cannot be compensated by third party insurance.

Several local solicitors have since found civil action against the scooter owner would be a "rather fruitless endeavour".

"I can't walk properly, I have to take heavy medication six times a day and I live alone like this unable to barely walk," Mr Drazic said.

"I don't want anyone's money, I just want some help."

Confined to the lounge room of his unit, he mostly relies on others to tend to his household chores.

"The point of the story is to warn other older people, if you are knocked down by a scooter you have nowhere to turn; you'll end up crippled like me and there is nothing or no one to help you recover."

Roads and Maritime Services state that in NSW motorised scooters do not require registration or third-party insurance.

Mr Drazic admits the ironic thing about his situation is that scooters are designed to help people who are unable to walk or have difficulty walking, yet because of a scooter he has been left incapacitated.

If you think you may be able to help Mr Drazic in some form contact us here at the Advocate by email editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au



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