Bicycle accidents involving children occur more frequently than we would like. Some children spend hours on a bike throughout their childhood, which may increase their exposure to other vehicular traffic. As children grow older they are often given more and more freedom on their bikes, sometimes without being given the rules of the road they are sharing with faster-paced vehicles.
It is incredibly important that drivers watch for bicyclists and take caution when driving around anyone on a bike, especially children. Drivers should slow down and pay closer attention when driving in neighborhoods or around schools where children are more likely to be present. Bicycle accidents involving children can cause a wide range of injuries that include bumps, scrapes, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and even death.
Safety Tips For Biking Children
As a parent with children who spend their days biking around their block, neighborhood, or town, it is incredibly important that you take the time to explain to them the rules of the roads and pathways they will be using. Be sure to remind them of general bike safety tips.
- Wear a properly fitted helmet
- Follow the rules of the road (ex. Riding with traffic)
- Keep as far right as possible
- Wear bright colors
- Be aware of surrounding traffic (ex. don’t wear earbuds)
- Keep your bike is in good condition (brakes work, tires full)
- Only one child at a time on a bicycle
Causes of Child Bike Accidents
Bicycle accidents can be caused by both drivers and bicycle riders. More often, however, they are caused by a negligent driver. Usually, this negligence is in the form of distracted driving. When a driver takes their eyes off the road, even for a second, they are more likely to hit a bicyclist who may be harder to spot than a larger vehicle.
Most commonly bicycle accidents happen at intersections, crosswalks, bike trail crossings, neighborhoods, and parking lots.
A distracted driver may be texting, talking on the phone, eating, or generally not paying attention while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not looking before backing up or switching lanes, impatient driving, and more.
Do I Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
If your child was injured in a bicycle accident, you should seek guidance from a personal injury attorney near Hamilton Ohio. At The Richards Firm, we can work with your family to seek recovery.
We can be reached at 513-868-2731, ext. 219 or visit us at http://richardsinjuryfirm.com.
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