Two holidaymakers riding mopeds on the beach. Photo by Caleb George on Unsplash

Holiday quad bike accident caused serious injuries

A snap decision to save on taxi fares nearly cost a holidaymaker her life. 32-year-old Melanie Simmonds suffered serious injuries after a quad bike accident in Greece in 2010.

After a series of operations, it took 14 months for Melanie to recover from the injuries.

She said:

“The reason that we hired the quad bike was to save money on taxis. One snap decision completely transformed my life.

“I could have lost the use of my legs or worse, my life. My advice to holidaymakers is be aware that quad bikes are heavy and dangerous.”

ABTA members reported 43 accidents in 2017

Every year many people have dangerous accidents while on holiday after driving quad bikes on the road and hiring mopeds. Some of these accidents have been fatal.

ABTA, The Travel Association, is advising travellers to think twice before hiring mopeds whilst overseas. It adds that quad bikes should only be ridden as part of an organised excursion.

ABTA Director of Destinations and Sustainability, Nikki White, said:

“Every year people suffer serious injuries after hiring mopeds or quad bikes while on holiday.

“Many have little experience of using these vehicles and are also unfamiliar with the local roads and driving standards.”

So far in 2018, seven people have been involved in quad bike accidents on the road. These figures represent just those cases reported by ABTA members. ABTA believes the total number of accidents to be much higher.

One in ten UK holidaymakers hire mopeds or quads while away

New figures from ABTA revealed that one in ten British holidaymakers have hired a moped or quad bike whilst overseas.  This rises to one in seven in the 18-24 age group.

Whether in Europe or further afield, these vehicles give little protection in an accident. Riders are particularly vulnerable on the open roads.

Nikki said:

“It’s so easy when you’re relaxing on holiday to do things you wouldn’t dream of doing back home; but you are putting yourself at risk of serious injury if you hire these vehicles.

“On top of that, many travel insurance policies won’t cover such activities.”

Alternative transport is available

ABTA is advising anyone travelling abroad that there are always safer alternatives to hiring mopeds and quad bikes. Such as hiring a car, taking a taxi or using public transport.

As many standard travel insurance policies exclude the use of mopeds and quad bikes, those who have an ancient could face unaffordable medical bills.

Melanie didn’t plan to hire a quad bike and her insurance didn’t cover her. She said:

“Value your life and your safety because accidents can happen to anyone and your life can change in an instant.”

ABTA has more travel advice on its website.