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Top tips to avoid quad bike accidents abroad 

Travel law expert Clare Campbell discusses the dangers of renting quad bikes abroad and highlights the safety tips recently published by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

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Clare is a travel litigation expert who specialises in accidents abroad, claims under the Package Travel Regulations, maritime and aviation cases and large group illness litigation. She tweets as @HolidayEagle
Despite the glorious weather we have been having in the UK, many of us will soon be departing for foreign shores for our well-deserved summer break. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has taken this opportunity to remind holidaymakers to “think twice” before hiring mopeds or quad bikes on your holiday. They report that in 2017 ABTA members reported 36 quad bike accidents and seven moped accidents. They also draw attention to the limitations and exclusions of standard travel insurance policies and warn holidaymakers that these policies may not cover you if you are unlucky enough to be involved in a moped/quad bike accident.
ABTA provide some really useful ‘top tips’ for ensuring safety on your foreign holiday:
  1. Stick to enjoying quad biking as part of an organised off-road excursion and don’t use a quad bike on main roads.
  2. Check your insurance – you may not be covered to hire a quad bike.
  3. Always wear a protective helmet.
  4. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  5. Make sure that you are provided with the appropriate training to operate the vehicle safely.
  6.  Check that the vehicle is in good condition – and do not ride it if you have any concerns.
  7. Watch your speed.
  8. Do not allow anyone to ride pillion.

I am currently representing many UK based claimants who have been injured, some seriously, as a result of quad and moped accidents abroad and the figures quoted by ABTA don’t surprise me at all.  

I have just settled a case for a young man who sustained a nasty head injury as a result of a quad bike accident in Greece. It was a difficult case and we faced many arguments from the Defendants about liability and contributory negligence. Thankfully we were able to fight the client’s corner and secure him a  five-figure settlement. 

I thoroughly welcome ABTA’s warnings about overseas safety. It’s all too easy to get carried away whilst on holiday and act in a manner that you would never do if at home – not wearing a helmet, driving after having a couple of beers or even hiring a quad bike in the first place. The important thing to remember is that you can still have fun but don’t forget the basics - take care for your safety and check that you are insured. 

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an injury abroad involving a quad bike or moped you should seek advice from an experienced travel solicitor to ensure you get the assistance you need.  

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