According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than one fifth of all fatal bicycle accidents involve a youth between the ages of 5 and 15. A majority of accidents and injuries are entirely preventable, and in order to keep their children safe, parents can take a number of bicycle precautions.
First and foremost, parents should not let their children ride without a helmet that fits snugly on their head. Having the right helmet can prevent a traumatic brain injury in New Jersey, which is most commonly suffered in bicycle accidents. Also, it is important that the bike is the right size for the child. If your child is ever involved in an accident or damages his or her helmet, make sure to replace it before your child rides again. Even if the damage is minimal, you want to make sure that the helmet is in good working condition.
Children should be taught early on to look left, right, and then left again before crossing the road. If your child is riding after sunset, make sure that the bike has multiple reflectors and that he or she is wearing bright clothing. It may also be in your best interest to teach your child hand signals so that cars will know when your child plans on turning. And last but not least, teach your child to follow the rules of the road, as this can help prevent the possibility of an accident occurring from unsafe riding.
If your child is injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced Princeton bicycle accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help protect your child’s legal rights.