Riding a bike provides the ability for independence and freedom for many children but it doesn’t come without its own dangers. It is important for parents to be familiar with bicycle safety so they to help reduce the risks of injuries caused to their children.
Each year in the United States, children under the age of 15 are at serious risk of injury while riding a bike. The Children’s Safety Network reports that close to 200 children die in bicycle-related accidents. Head injuries can be severe and catastrophic and through the use of helmets, impacts to this critical area can be better absorbed. Helmets can decrease major head injuries by 45 percent. Yet according to Safe Kids Worldwide, less than 50 percent of children wear them.
Components on bikes can wear over time or become broken in even the most simple bike crashes. Children use their bikes hard and when they can have crashes, it can destroy some of the bike’s critical parts. If brakes are worn out, gears are not working properly, or tires are in bad shape, your child will have difficulty avoiding accidents. Take a moment to check your child’s bike and make sure it’s in good working order.
Inexperienced children need a more watchful eye when they are riding. Until they build up confidence and secured proficiency, make sure to stay close to young riders until they become more comfortable with operating their bikes.
The lower profile of children makes them difficult for drivers to see. Additionally, the prevalence of distracted drivers makes it much riskier for children driving near other vehicles. Teaching children to be aware of their surroundings, and be cognizant of the dangers in traffic and at intersections will make them behave more cautiously while crossing roads and cycling near them. Additionally, putting reflective gear on their bikes and even bright and reflective gear on their bodies makes them much more visible.
It is still important for drivers to be responsible while behind the wheel and have control of their vehicles. If a reckless or negligent driver hits your child on the road and causes injuries or death, you need to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable Arizona personal injury attorney from ELG to represent you and fight for your rightful compensation.
ELG’s team of Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys will examine your accident experience and skillfully advise you on your best options for pursuing justice. We have a well-known and well-respected reputation throughout the state of Arizona for our proven track record of success defending victims who suffered personal injuries. We specialize in handling personal injury cases and we can provide you the most effective legal guidance for your experience. Call us today to speak with one of our aggressive Phoenix serious injury accident attorneys during a free consultation at (623) 321-0566. We have offices conveniently located in both Mesa and Pheonix.