Whether you are the parent of a child who likes to bike, or you are a young bicyclist, it is important to be aware of different risk factors that are often present on the road and strategies that can help you or your child stay safe. Sadly, many children have been injured and killed in bike accidents that could have been prevented by taking precautionary measures such as wearing a helmet and obeying traffic laws, and many more accidents will occur in the coming months.
On their site, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided a number of tips for parents and children with respect to bicycle safety, and these pointers can help prevent a devastating bicycle accident. The NHTSA points out that children under the age of ten are not old enough to ride on the road and should stick to sidewalks—this advice may apply to older children in certain scenarios as well. It is imperative for young bicyclists to follow all traffic laws and ride on the correct side of the road (going with traffic), keep an eye out for hazards such as potholes, ensure that all equipment is functioning properly and avoid riding during the night. Of course, wearing an appropriate helmet is imperative.
Sadly, even responsible and careful bicyclists may be involved in an accident when they are struck by a drunk driver or someone who is behaving recklessly on the roadway. If your child was involved in a bicycle accident and you believe that another driver was responsible for their suffering, you may need to look into legal action.