Bicycle Safety For Children
Learning how to ride a bike is an important skill for children. Riding a bike teaches responsibility by allowing the child to explore distances beyond their front yard. It is a fun, standard part of childhood. However, it is definitely not a safe aspect of childhood. While on a bike, danger is just around the corner if certain safety precautions are not taken. In order to reduce the likelihood of a bicycle accident, or even potential brain damage from injury, it is the parents’ job to teach their children how to be safe while riding a bike. Not all accidents can be avoided, but if proper equipment is worn, severe injury can be prevented.
Always Wear a Helmet
Wearing a helmet might seem like the most obvious part of riding a bike, but kids often leave their helmets behind because they do not like how they look. Helmets are the most important piece of equipment out there for bike safety. Especially when it comes to safety when involved in a motor vehicle accidents. Aaron Crane, an experienced car accident lawyer in Phoenix, has seen many individuals avoid potentially fatal accidents because of wearing a helmet. A properly fitted helmet can prevent injury to the skull or brain. If more children wore their helmet while on a bicycle, many deaths would be prevented. Children might give several reasons for why they do not want to wear a helmet. No matter what a child might argue, there is absolutely no excuse to go without wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet is the difference between life and death while riding a bicycle.
Make-Eye Contact with Oncoming Traffic
Making eye-contact with a person driving a car, or even another bike is an important skill to have. By making contact with them, lets the driver know that there is a cyclist on the road. Ensuring bike riders are seen, ensures their safety. If a person in a car sees a bike on the road, they will look out for the bike while driving. Teaching a child to make eye-contact with others on the road is a great way for them to stay safe.
Visibility of Child While Riding
Knowing where a child is while they are on the road can prevent them from being hit by an automobile. In order to make sure your child is seen, avoid bike riding after dusk. Children should not wear dark colors while on a bicycle, so that they do not blend in with any shadows on the road. If riding in the dark, it’s important to make sure your child’s bike has reflectors and that those reflectors are clean. Dirty reflectors will not do their job, which is to reflect light back to anyone on the road. Reflecting material can be on clothes, pedals, helmet, or even on the bike itself. Putting a headlight on a bike is a great way to make sure oncoming traffic sees your child while they are on the road.
As the adult, it is your responsibility to make sure your child is being safe while on their bicycle. Make sure your keep your child away from riding their bike on busy streets. Along with actually keeping an eye on your child, it is important for you to make sure your child knows all of the rules of the road. It is your job as the adult to teach your child how to protect themselves while they are riding a bicycle.
When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney
Even after all safety precautions have been made, accidents sometimes happen, and they cannot always be avoided. When an accident occurs, it’s time to take action. If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident, call Cantor Crane today to speak to a personal injury attorney today. No matter what the circumstances of the accident are, we are here to help you. Contact Cantor Crane today at (602) 258-2701.