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Child Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents and Injuries

Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency departments, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries. Children make up a large part of this statistic. While child bicycle accidents are devastating to parents, they are preventable. If your child has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may have a claim against the person or company who caused the injury.

CHILD BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 2011 statistics:

  • 677 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2011 – 113 were 15 or younger.
  • Bicyclist deaths represented 2 percent of all 2011 traffic fatalities.
  • 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic in 2011.
  • The majority of bicycle fatalities (30%) occurred between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

COMMON BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES

HOW TO PREVENT BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES

It is extremely important that parents teach their children bicycle safety rules when they first start bicycling. While many times accidents are caused by negligent drivers, children should be aware of the hazards they face and equipped with ways to avoid them.

Following are a few rules every child should know:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Ride on sidewalks and paths especially if the child is under 10 years old.
  • Bicycle on the far right-hand side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
  • Do not ride in the dark.
  • Check the bicycle ties, handlebars, and brakes often.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothes that may get stuck in the bike’s chain or wheels.

HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED?

If you’ve been injured, we can help. Contact us