Three Children This Year Have Died In Quad Bike Accidents
More needs to be done to prevent children from tragically dying in quad bike accidents
We’re only four months into the year, and already three kids have died in quad bike crashes, including two boys in separate rollovers last weekend.
From 2011 until the end of last year, 128 people died riding quad bikes in Australia, and 14 percent of those were kids under 16.
Domenic was just seven-years-old when he rode a quad bike for the first time. According to his mum Jodie, he “hopped on and went full-throttle.”
He was thrown from the bike after it hit a power pole, and Jodie remembers picking him up and screaming.
Domenic had bruises all over his brain and spent four days in an induced coma. When he woke up, he couldn’t swallow or walk and had to spend four weeks in rehab. It took a whole year before he eventually recovered.
When Sam was eleven, he was staying at a friend’s farm for the weekend when he hopped onto a full-sized quad bike, wearing no protective gear.
Sam’s mum said, “The policeman just turned up to the door and I remember him telling me Sam had died in an accident.”
Sam’s dad Dean said, “You’ve got photos of him and you go ‘I wonder what he looks like now,’ what he would have been doing and it’s a big thing. You miss him every day.”
It was perfectly legal for Sam to be on that full-sized quad bike without a helmet. Some bikes can weigh up to 300kg, which makes it a physically challenging task for a child to control.
Three state coroners have recommended legislation banning kids under 16 from operating adult-sized quad bikes, mandatory training for all riders, and endorsing the use of helmets.
The ACCC says if nothing changes, we’ll continue to see an average of 16 fatalities and 654 hospital stays a year, costing the economy $200-million.