Quad bike accident leads to fresh calls for better safety

Date: Apr 28, 2017

A woman has been airlifted to a Sydney hospital due to serious injuries she suffered in a quad bike accident.

The 31-year-old was riding the vehicle in Coleambally when it flipped over and landed on her while she was attempting to manoeuvre a small channel bank, according to the Daily Advertiser.

A Canberra SouthCare helicopter was called to the scene after the woman’s injuries were deemed too severe for NSW Ambulance and NSW Police to handle.

She was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital to undergo tests that will reveal the extent of her injuries, although Griffith Police announced the woman is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

Spate of quad bike accidents

The Daily Advertiser noted that 111 people have lost their lives nationwide in quad accidents since 2011, with the toll in NSW standing at 29.

Last month, four quad bike-related fatalities occurred in the space of two weeks, prompting Assistant Police Commissioner Geoff McKechnie to issue a plea for riders to be extremely cautious while using these vehicles.

“We know the impact that these types of fatalities have on families and extended families and communities,” ABC Central West reported him as saying.

“I am sure there is a lot of people doing it tough at the moment and we certainly empathise with them.”

The NSW government recently revealed it would double quad bike safety rebates to farmers to improve safety, with $1,000 now available to purchase side-by-side vehicles and $500 for the retrofitting of safety equipment to existing bikes.

Is a five-star safety system on the horizon?

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) called for the implementation of a five-star safety system for quad bikes.

Canberra NFF President Fiona Simson and RDAA President Dr Ewen McPhee told Parliament House attendees that a formal safety system would help reduce rollover risks.

“In both 2015 and 2016, quad bikes accounted for the highest number of farm-related deaths overall,” said Dr McPhee.

“Since 2001, there have been 231 quad bike deaths across the country, with 43 of those fatalities being kids under the age of 16.”

People who suffer serious injuries due to quad bike accidents may be eligible to pursue a public liability claim if they were owed a duty of care and this was subsequently breached.

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