Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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


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