Learning to ride a bike is a major milestone in a child’s life and an activity loved by many children. There are many positives to riding a bike as it is a healthy activity that allows children to enjoy the outdoors and helps develop a child’s gross motor skills. However, with these positives come some inherent risks. Statistics reveal that 118 children ages 19 and under died from biking-related injuries and 238,337 children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms in 2013.
As a parent or adult, you play a crucial role in educating your child on bicycle safety and ensuring your child’s bike is safe to ride. The most effective way to reduce the risk of accident related injuries is by increasing helmet use. A shocking 55% of children don’t always wear a helmet while riding a bike, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. If fact, children (5-14 years), adolescents, and young adults (15-24 years) have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries – accounting for almost 52% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in emergency rooms.
One bicycle accident could may result may result in serious injuries that can affect children for a lifetime. For this reason it is very important instruct your child on bicycle safety and the importance of wearing a helmet. Listed below are just a few additionally ways to reduce the likelihood of your child getting in a bicycle-related accident:
- Check to make sure the seat is properly adjusted;
- Ensure handlebars and all accessories are securely attached;
- Properly adjust the seat;
- Make sure the breaks are working properly;
- Add active lighting to your child’s bike to improve visibility of the bicyclist – including front lights and rear lights;
- Install reflectors on the pedals;
- Install a horn or bell on the bike;
- Dress your child in fluorescent clothing so that they are more visible to motorists from further away;
- Make sure your child is wearing a helmet that fits him or her properly!
Unfortunately, taking every possible precaution still does not eliminate the inherent risk your child faces while riding a bicycle. You can’t control the actions of every driver on the roadway and oftentimes driver’s act negligently. Every driver on the roadway has a legal duty to other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to safely operate his or her motor vehicle. However, establish liability in a case involving a child bicyclist and a driver of a motor vehicle may become a complicated matter.
The attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC have vast experience in representing victims of bicycles accidents. Our attorneys understand that having a child injured in a bicycle accident is a upsetting time for a family. We can help your family seek justice and help allieviate the financial stress you may be facing by pursuing the maximum compensation for your child’s injuries and pain and suffering.
If your child was injured in a bicycle accident, call the Chicago bicycle accident attorneys at Stein & Shulmna, LLC for a FREE consultation and to learn about your legal options. Our knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys understand the complexities of a child bike accident cases and can help your family during this difficult time. Call us today at (312) 422-0509.