As a parent, you know that your child likes to partake in a variety of activities. For many children, there is nothing more exciting than getting on a bike and hitting the road.
Even though you do your best to keep your child safe, such as by requiring him or her to wear a helmet and other protective gear, there is no way of knowing what the future will bring.
Remember this: It only takes one mistake by a driver, such as somebody who is distracted while behind the wheel, to cause an accident. Even if your child is wearing a helmet, there is still a chance that he or she could suffer a serious injury.
Consider this statistic: A national survey conducted between the years of 2001 and 2003 found that only 48 percent of children in the 5 to 14 age group wore a bicycle helmet. Taking this one step further, older children are less likely to wear this protective gear.
Here's another statistic: In 2010 alone, approximately 515,000 people suffered a bicycle related injury that required emergency room care. Along with this, 800 bicyclists were killed.
How to prevent trouble
In addition to talking with your child about bike safety, there are other things you can do to help prevent trouble on the road.
- Explain the benefits of following the rules of the road.
- Unless he or she is old enough to do so, don't let your child ride his or her bike out of your sight.
- Learn more about the laws in your community. For example, children may be permitted to ride on the sidewalks.
If your child is involved in a bicycle accident, it's important to take a few key steps.
- Seek immediate medical care, as to have all of their injuries diagnosed. A bike accident can lead to a concussion, broken bones, spinal trauma, and other serious injuries.
- Decide on a treatment plan to help your child make a full and fast recovery.
- Learn more about the details of the accident, including if another party was responsible for causing it.
As a parent, you always do whatever you can to keep your child safe. Even so, you can't be everywhere at all times. Additionally, you can't control what other people do.