A Queensland lawyer is warning drivers to put safety first to avoid rolling their vehicles, while exploring four-wheel drive beach tracks.
Slater and Gordon Senior Associate, Juliet Parsons, said roll-overs could be prevented if drivers understood the type of terrain and conditions which could lead to an accident.
“It’s important drivers know how to navigate varying conditions, drive safely on sand, manage speed and drive safely through wash-outs. The driving conditions are often tougher on sand than on the road.
“Drivers of all experience levels can face the risk of their four-wheel drive rolling while off-road. Safety should remain front of mind. Last year, we saw reports of vehicles rolling on Queensland beaches with serious consequences including death.”
Ms Parsons said four-wheel drives had been highly sought after with sales increasing last year and reports of second-hand vehicles selling out, meaning hire vehicles would likely be in demand too.
“We are likely to continue seeing more people holidaying locally and hiring vehicles. There will also be people who’ve recently purchased four-wheel drives, taking them on the beach for the first time,” Ms Parsons said.
“If the likelihood of an accident can be reduced, we can all enjoy a safe and happy holiday period.”
Ms Parsons regularly provides advice to local residents who may have been injured at work, in a public place or on the road on their legal rights.
Slater and Gordon offices are now open in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Gympie, offering in-person, phone and virtual appointments. You can find your nearest location at slatergordon.com.au/offices