Ever since your son fell off his bike last month and needed to be rushed to George Washington U to get 20 stitches in his leg, you’ve been a little paranoid about his riding his bike. Being the overly protective mother that you are, you made the mistake of Googling bike accident injuries, and now you want to throw his bike in a dumpster to keep him from getting hurt.
Your husband unfortunately vetoed that idea and instead suggested you find other ways to protect him without denying him his bike.
So, besides wrapping him in bubble wrap and constantly walking next to him with a first aid kit, how do you keep him safe when he’s riding his bike?
Protecting Your Child From a Serious Bike Fall
Children fall and hurt themselves all the time; it’s kind of a staple of being a kid. However, some injuries are much more dangerous than others—specifically, injuries that result from falling off a bike. According to the Child Health Supplement to the National Health Interview Survey, some 440,000 to 1.75 million children aged 17 years and younger are injured every year as a result of bicycle-related accidents.
Although most of these injuries are minor cuts and bruises, severe injuries such as head, neck, and spinal trauma also result. Thankfully, as a parent you can help protect your children from serious injuries by making sure they follow these simple safety guidelines.
- Wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet is the single most important thing your child should do to protect against serious harm. Nearly half of bike accidents result in skull fractures because riders weren’t properly protecting their heads.
- Wear pads, gloves, long sleeves, and padding. Broken bones, chipped elbows, cracked knees, and superficial cuts and bruises are common injuries that can be avoided by wearing simple protective gear.
- Stay out of the street. Many serious bike injuries result from children getting struck by cars. Have your children avoid the danger by avoiding the cars.
- Wear reflective clothing. Drivers are more apt to see your child and his bike if they reflect light. Have your child avoid wearing black or dark colors, especially in the evening.
- Avoid riding at night. It can be difficult for drivers to interpret movement at night, and even if your child is wearing light clothing, a driver could still fail to see him until it’s too late.
When Precautions Fail
You can’t keep your children in plastic bubbles all their lives, and especially in this day and age, any excuse to get them outside—and away from their phones, game consoles and computers—is an opportunity worth exploiting. Bike riding is an excellent way to have them get the exercise they need while also having fun. However, even when proper precautions and safety measures are taken, accidents do happen.
If your child was injured in a bike-related accident, call us today for a consultation. We’ll review his case and help you understand his rights as a biker, your rights as a parent, and possible compensation rights for his injuries. Don’t allow someone else’s mistake to potentially ruin your child’s life. Call today!
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