“He could easily have killed himself because he wasn’t wearing a helmet.”
Those are the words of a paramedic officer who was one of the ambulance staff that treated at teenager who came off a quad bike in the Dudley area yesterday afternoon (Thursday).
The incident happened in Lodge Crescent in Netherton at about 4.45pm. Callers who dialled 999 described the quad bike rolling over four times and landing on the rider, leaving him unconscious.
An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles and a paramedic officer attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a teenager who was semi-conscious lying half on the road and half on the pavement.
“They were particularly concerned as the lad was not wearing a helmet and witnesses told them that he had hit his head when he landed.
“The patient came round as he was being treated for pain in his head, and had grazing to his right shoulder and elbow.
“Staff at the scene described him as being ‘very, very lucky’ not to have suffered more serious injuries.
“Whilst you do not have to wear a helmet on a quad bike, the Trust would urge you to treat a quad bike exactly the same as a motorcycle and wear appropriate protective clothing.
“As a Trust we have attended many incidents where quad bike riders have come off particularly as they go around corners. There have also been high profile cases of riders suffering head injuries after coming off quad bikes.
“This teenager could easily have killed himself; please make sure you don’t need to be as lucky.”