Motorbikes hidden cause of death and trauma in kids

Drawing on Queensland data covering three years, researchers identified 10 child fatalities and 619 paediatric trauma admissions due to riding bikes off-road for recreation or work.

Among the fatal cases aged 6–15 years, all were the driver of the motorcycle and half had either no helmet or an ill-fitting helmet.

As a cause of hospital admission, motorcycle riding was second only to bicycle riding and was more common than rugby, skateboarding, soccer or use of quad bikes.

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