Bicycle accidents result in an estimated 500,000 injuries annually. According to recent surveys from the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 800 bicycle riders are killed annually, and almost ¾ of those deaths involve some type of head injury. Enforcing a "no helmet-no bicycle ride" rule with your child is a good first line of defense in protecting them. But what if you’ve been faced with a situation outside of your control and your child has been hurt in a bicycle accident? That’s where we come in. In a city as diverse as New York, you need a diverse law firm experienced with representing all types of accident victims. As New York City Child Bicycle Accident Lawyers we have a talented team of New York children’s accident lawyers who stay current with local bicycle accident laws. Whether your child has been hit from another bike or car, had a collision or injured themselves as the result of a defective bicycle, we can help.
As New York City child bike accident lawyers, we’re here to educate you about your rights as an accident victim with a free initial consultation. Call us today at 212-725-8500.
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Child bike accidents among children are caused by a number of factors. Depending on your child’s age, he or she may want to play recklessly on a bike-doubling up with a friend on one bike or doing fancy maneuvers that could result in a tragedy. Children who ride bicycles with a Walkman put themselves at a high risk for collisions by blocking their ability to hear and react quickly to oncoming cars, other bikes and pedestrians. They need to be aware at all times and not distracted by music. Still other times, defective bicycles are to blame. Anything that will cause a child to lose control of their bike is a major contributing factor to children’s bicycle accidents; failing breaks, loose pedals or broken gears. A simple slip of the hand or loss of grip can cause major damage depending on the speed that they are traveling and the surface that they fall onto. Kids are often easily distracted, but not paying attention is a major “no-no” for kids on a bike. 75 % of child bike-accident deaths occur where driveways, alleys and streets intersect, so remind them to pay attention at these key intersections before ever sending them off alone.
There are some preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of your child being involved in a bicycle accident. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you enforce the following ten guidelines with your children.
- Avoid bicycle stunts and tricks.
- Stop and look for traffic at all intersections.
- Wear a certified protective helmet and/or protective gear for elbows and knees.
- Ride single-file on the right side of the road, with the flow of traffic.
- Refrain from riding at night.
- Obey all traffic signals and stop signs, especially waiting for a green light.
- Stay off high-traffic streets, and wear bright colored clothing or reflective stickers.
- Ride in a straight line near the shoulder or curb.
- Always try to ride with a buddy, but never ride double on one bike.
- Never ride a borrowed bike-it’s unpredictable and may not fit them properly.
If your child has been involved in a bike accident in New York, don’t delay!
Call us at 212-725-8500 for a free consultation to determine how we can help. We have a highly dedicated team of New York City Child Bike Accident Lawyers waiting to answer your questions.