Quad bike deaths could be avoided

Simple measures could prevent many quad bike deaths and injuries, research shows. Two papers from the University of Sydney have estimated the costs of accidents and compared the actions of the quad bike industry with tobacco companies.

Using data from the National Coroners Information System, the research team found that the average cost was A$2.3 million per death. This didn’t account for incidents other than fatalities, nor the pain and suffering incurred by families, friends and communities.

Findings show that using all prevention strategies increases survival rates by 70%. Quad bike companies outsource accident research, allowing for protected quad bikes to be under-represented in the statistics.

Read more at Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety