Bicycles can both build a child’s confidence and also break it down. While a child learning to ride a bike may feel empowered being able to get around on their own, falling off their bike, or even worse, being struck while out riding it can cause them to fear doing it ever again.
Data published by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) shows that at least 70 percent of all youth between the ages of 5 and 14 routinely ride bikes. Kids account for 50 percent of those who are injured while out riding bicycles.
At least 50 percent of those who become hurt end up with traumatic brain injuries of various types. Some bike safety analysts suggest that this can be attributed to the fact that as little as 15 percent of bicyclists from this age group actually wear bike helmets.
Data published by UPMC suggests that any bicyclist who fails to put on a helmet increases their risk of becoming involved in a fatal crash significantly. The risk of a bike crash-related head injury declines by at least 85 percent if a bicyclist simply wears a helmet.
A helmet must fit correctly though for it to effectively protect your child from injuries. Straps should be fastened snug around your child’s ears and chin, and the rim of the helmet should fall two finger lengths above his or her eyes. If your child’s helmet sustains impact, it should also be immediately replaced.
Supervising your child and teaching them basic rules of the road can go a long way in helping your child avoid injury from a bike crash. There are many other bicycle safety and accident prevention tips you may want to learn as well. A Los Angeles bicycle accidents attorney can help you if you need to known what avenues to pursue after a loved one was struck while out riding their bike.