If you have concerns about your child’s safety when they ride a bike, it is essential to understand the various risks they face and potential hazards they could encounter. In addition to discussing precautionary measures and safety guidelines, you should also realize how prevalent bicycle accident injuries are among young cyclists.
Sadly, a lot of young bicyclists also lose their lives in accidents. This is especially tragic since many of these accidents are completely preventable and occur due to drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving and so on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in comparison to older bicyclists, those between the ages of 5 and 19 are more likely to suffer nonfatal injuries in bicycle accidents. In fact, over one out of every three bicycle accident injuries resulting in emergency treatment in the U.S. involve adolescents and children.
In addition to injuries, many young bicyclists die in accidents as well. In fact, even though bicyclists only account for roughly 1% of trips on U.S. roads, they are more likely to become injured or die in an accident than those riding in passenger vehicles.
If your child sustained an injury in a bicycle accident, you need to support them and understand the challenges they could face. From missing school to debilitating pain, make sure you help them recover. You could have to focus on challenges your family struggles with as well, such as medical bills. Moreover, if their injury resulted from a reckless driver’s behavior, you need to hold the driver accountable for the consequences of their actions.