As an adult, you probably have many fond memories of spending endless hours
on your bicycle riding around the neighborhood when you were a child.
Perhaps you used to ride your bike to school, to the local convenient
store, and your friends’ houses. Now that you have a child, you
want him or her to enjoy riding as you did, but you don’t want them
to get hurt in the process. After all, most parents worry about their
children’s safety, especially when it comes to bikes, skateboards
and roller blades.
Bicycle riding is a great way to get your child outside for fresh air;
it allows them to get away from video games or the TV so they can be active;
it also allows them to be more independent. Benefits aside, we must remember
that children can be in
bicycle accidents and sometimes they can be fatal.
If your son or daughter rides a bicycle and you teach them the following
basic safety tips, it can help them ride more safely and reduce the risk
of a crash:
- Always wear a bicycle helmet that fits properly. Helmets protect our brains
and can save lives.
- Make sure your bicycle fits your body. If it’s uncomfortable, adjust
it so it allows you to ride comfortably.
- Before going for a ride, check that your tires are inflated properly and
check the brakes to ensure they’re working.
- It’s important to be seen by motorists. Whether it’s day or
night, wearing white, neon, or fluorescent clothing helps others see you.
- Remember, you may see a driver but that doesn’t mean they can see you.
- Always watch for motorists. Do not dart out in a street without looking
around for oncoming vehicles first.
- Look for road hazards, such as pot holes, puddles, slippery leaves, unleashed
dogs, broken glass, and gravel. All of these things can cause you to crash.
If you’re riding with your friends, take the lead and point out
road hazards to them.
- Avoid riding in the dark – it’s a lot more dangerous than riding
during the day because it’s hard for motorists to see you.
- If you do ride in the dark, use a bicycle light, wear reflective clothing
and place reflectors on the front and back of your bike.
- Watch out for distracted drivers, especially ones who are texting while
driving. Someone can be texting and hit you.
Parents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), “Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death
are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior.” Some of these
behaviors riding into the street without stopping, not wearing a helmet,
running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way around cars. To help your
children stay safe, make sure they always wear a helmet and learn to obey
the rules of the road.
Has someone in your family been injured in a bicycle accident? If so,
contact our firm at once to schedule a consultation with a Long Island bike accident attorney!