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Are new Australian quad bike laws enough to keep farmers safe?

Since 2001, at least 269 Australians have died in quad bike accidents.

Despite this, the quad bike remains a popular vehicle on Australian rural properties, with riders benefiting from the effciency they provide to tend to livestock, crops and other duties. However, statistics show there could be a dark side to these mechanical workhouses we should be aware of.

Here we unpack the dangers quad bikes can pose, outline the laws in Australia and how we can help if you've been injured using a quadbike at work.

How dangerous are quad bikes in Australia?

Even with many safety campaigns and revised regulations aimed at addressing quad bike injuries, Australia still recorded 20 death due to quad bike accidents in 2020.

An estimated further 650 to 1,400 people are injured and require hospitalisation, with an average treatment cost of more than $175,000.

The most common injuries that occur from quad bike accidents are head and neck injuries and back trauma.

What are the new quad bike laws in Australia?

To reduce the injuries and deaths occuring in quad bike accidents, the State and Federal Governments introduced a new set of safety recomendations in October 2020, in attempt to tackle the alarming tolls, and encourage farmers to consider alternative vehicle options.

The new rules were recommended by the ACCC after a two-year investigation at the request of the federal government.

From October 2020, the federal government's new-found safety laws meant quad bikes must:

  • meeting international safety requirements
  • undergo stability testing
  • display warnings of the risk of rollover
  • include rollover information in the owner's manual or handbook.

In Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, the state governments have introduced rebate schemes to reduce quad bike injuries and deaths. The scheme is intended to either improve the safety of quad bikes by installing rollover protection or subsidise the cost of buying a safer, alternative vehicle.

Safety considerations for quad bike riders

Where quad bikes are still being used, the risk of injury can be reduced by:

  • always wearing a helmet
  • never overloading a quad bike with extra passengers or cargo
  • ensuring everyone who uses a quad bike has adequate training
  • maintaining and servicing vehicles regularly
  • ensuring that the quad bike suits the age and size of the rider. Children should never ride on an adult quad bike
  • riding at speeds suited to the terrain
  • avoiding uneven terrain.

Workplace quad bikes injury claims – why choose Shine Lawyers?

If you or someone close has been injured using a quad bike at work, we may be able to help you claim Workers Compensation.

Our expert Workers Compensation lawyers have helped thousands of Australians injured at work access their entitlements on a No Win No Fee basis*.

Get started today by checking your eligibility below with our free online claim checker.

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Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: March 10, 2022.

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