It’s summertime, which means it’s that time of year once again when kids will be spending countless hours outdoors on skateboards, bicycles and skates with their friends.
Even if they’re asked to stay close to home, it’s likely that they’ll venture out beyond the safety of the driveway and onto the sidewalk or road. This will make them extremely vulnerable to being crashed into to or suffering a fall, each of which can cause traumatic injuries or even prove to be fatal.
While kids may not listen when we tell them to steer clear of the roadway, it’s important that we encourage them to always wear their helmets. The reason it’s so important that they wear their helmets is because data published by the national nonprofit organization Safe Kids Now shows that they’re key to reducing kids’ risk of head, brain, facial or other types of fatal injuries.
When a bicyclist wears his or her helmet while out riding, he or she has 33 percent less of a chance of suffering a brain injury than someone not wearing one. Their risk of a head or facial injury goes down by 45 and 27 percent respectively. Children wearing bike helmets suffer fatal injuries 29 percent less than those who don’t.
Their data also shows that the older the child is, the less likely that they are to wear bike helmets. Their researchers also found that 5- to 9-year-old boys are three times more likely to donn a bike helmet than 10- to 14-year-old boys. This same gap in the use of bike helmets doesn’t exist among female bicyclists of the same age brackets.
The organization’s data also shows that Hispanic children are twice as likely to not wear helmets as their nonHispanic counterparts.
They also found that kids who see adults they know wearing helmets to go biking tend to also wear them themselves.
The increased adoption of bicycle helmet laws in many jurisdictions has been key to curbing kids’ bike-related fatality rates.
If your child has been seriously injured or killed by a negligent motorist while out riding their bike, then a Los Angeles attorney can advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your case.
Source: Safe Kids Worldwide, “Bicycle, skate and skateboard safety fact sheet (2016),” accessed June 08, 2018