Nine children died between March 2012 and January 2014 related to quad bike accidents
Nine children died between March 2012 and January 2014 related to quad bike accidents AP Photo - Petros Giannakouris

Kid's quad bike safety questioned at inquest

A CORONER has questioned whether children should be allowed to ride quad bikes after a coronial inquest into nine deaths.

The deaths, which occurred between March 2012 and January this year, all involved fatal accidents on quad bikes.

Queensland Deputy Coroner John Lock said the crashes involved children driving bikes too big for them to control, people driving while drunk and others not wearing helmets.

The court heard an 11-year-old boy who crashed near Toowoomba died despite being an experienced rider. Mr Lock said it was an example of why "children under 16 should not ride adult sized quad bikes."

The second phase of the inquest will commence in November and look at recommendations to improve the safety of quad bikes.

- APN NEWSDESK


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