For many, riding quad bikes is an exhilarating adventure sport for both experienced frequent riders and those who just have the occasional need for speed.
The hazards of riding quad bikes
Whether you ride quad bikes for pleasure or as part of your employment, the pursuit is certainly hazardous. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that, on average, two people die and more than 1000 are injured in quad bike/all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents each year.
For those who use quad bikes at work, such as those in the farming industry or forest workers, the chance of work-related accidents increases.
According to the HSE, common accidents involving quad bikes include, but are not limited to:
- being thrown off during vehicle overturns or after loss of control
- collisions with structures, trees, other vehicles etc
- being trapped/asphyxiated under an overturned machine
- pedestrians being struck or run over by ATVs
The most common cause of quad bike fatalities is injury to the head.
Staying safe on quad bikes
Due to the hazardous nature of quad biking, the HSE recommends that a number of safety precautions be taken to prevent both sporting accidents and work accidents.
These recommendations including ensuring that anyone who operates a quad bike:
- receives sufficient instruction and training, and is completely aware of how to perform the tasks required
- undergoes new training whenever a new vehicle is supplied
- consistently and reliably drives with due care and attention
- is vigilant, with a good awareness of other people in the vicinity
- always wears a helmet
Claiming compensation for accidents on quad bikes
If you have been injured while operating a quad bike and you believe you are not to blame for the harm you have suffered, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you claim the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
So long as your accident at work occurred within the last three years and you are able to provide both evidence of injury and in support of third-party liability, it is likely that you will have a claim that will be successful if pursued.
For more information on the claims process, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice