Safety Tips for Young Bicyclists
On a Monday evening in early May 2012, a seven-year-old boy escaped serious injury after being hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike. The accident caused the boy to be thrown “quite some distance,” reports WCYB.com.
Luckily, the boy sustained relatively “minor” injuries in the accident, including a concussion, a split lip and road rash.
While this young Texas boy was lucky to survive the bicycle accident relatively unscathed, other children involved in accidents are not as lucky. Bicycle-motor vehicle accidents frequently send the bike rider to the emergency room with injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and even death.
So, as spring turns to summer and kids throughout Texas prepare to spend a lot of time riding their bikes, it’s important to review safe riding tips. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following safe riding information:
- Wear a properly fitting helmet
- Wear bright or reflective clothing
- Adjust bike to fit the rider
- Make sure parts such as the tires and chain are in good working condition
- Watch for road hazards
Following safety tips to a “T” does not guarantee that a bike rider will always be safe or be as lucky as the young Texan, and safety preparations cannot account for the actions of others, including motorists. If an accident does occur while your son or daughter is riding bike this summer and the accident was caused by another person, that person can be held accountable for his or her negligent actions. Compensation can be sought for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering.
Source: WCYB.com, “Bike Safety Reminders After Child’s Accident,” Brian Bishop, May 15, 2012