Whether you’re using a quad bike for work, you’re set for a day of adrenalin-pumping adventure on the dunes or you’re enjoying a day out while on holiday, it’s important to follow simple safety precautions when operating a quad bike to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents. Riding around on quad bikes can be great fun, but the last thing you want is to end up with injuries. Here are some basic safety tips to reduce the risk of road-related injuries when operating a quad bike.
Using personal protective equipment (PPE)
If you use a quad bike at work, your employer should provide the relevant personal protective equipment. If equipment is provided, it is your responsibility to ensure that you use it at all times. Items such as helmets, gloves and knee and elbow pads, can help to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident at work, or an incident on the roads. All employers should ensure that equipment meets the relevant safety standards and that members of staff have the relevant training to operate the quad bike and utilise PPE properly.
Read the owner’s manual
Even if you’re an experienced biker, it’s essential to read the owner’s manual, as each vehicle may be different. Make sure you have a good idea of how to operate the controls and have a few practice runs before you take the quad bike out. Stick to suitable routes and avoid the temptation to try and go as fast as you can; pay attention to the roads, look out for potential car crash hazards and never carry a passenger unless your vehicle is specifically designed for this purpose.
Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol
Driving a quad bike carries responsibilities and you should never drive under the influence of alcohol, even if you’re just popping down the road or you’re in a different country. Drinking affects your judgement, your reaction times and your concentration, all of which could spell disaster.
Claiming compensation for a quad bike accident
If you have an accident on the roads, you are involved in a work accident or you are injured in a public place through no fault of your own, you may have a valid personal injury claim.
If you use a quad bike for work or you’ve been hit by another driver, you were injured and you were not to blame, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out about work accident claims and road accident compensation; in order to make a successful claim, you must be able to prove that you were not negligent in any way and the incident must have occurred within the last three years.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice