QUAD BIKE SAFETY
THE Coroner has handed down a series of important recommendations aimed at improving quad bike safety in Queensland. The findings follow a Coronial inquest into nine deaths caused by quad bike accidents. Maurice Blackburn is encouraged by many of the Coroner’s recommendations, in particular recommendations to tighten helmet laws, provide guidance around age-appropriate use for children and to identify greater passenger safety requirements to prevent further quad bike-related deaths from occurring. According to Safe Work Australia, as at July 2015, quad bikes were involved in 13 fatalities across Australia with three of these fatalities occurring in Queensland alone. Sadly, just like the devastating casualties seen on our roads, many quad bike deaths are preventable. A single quad bike death is one tragedy too many, and it is hoped that the recommendations made by the Coroner for further safety measures will be fully considered in a bid to help reduce fatalities and improve quad bike safety.
PETER COOPER Maurice Blackburn Lawyers