It happens across the state. A couple of weeks ago, May 14, an injury crash involving a 5-year-old boy riding a bicycle occurred in Pocatello. The boy was riding in the area of Hyde and Poplar around 7:30 p.m. when the accident took place. Police said the child was bleeding from his forehead but conscious when they arrived on the scene. He was transported to Portneuf Medical Center.
Its one of the things that says summer, kids out riding bicycles with their friends. While most data shows, the safest place for adult bike riding is in the street, children under age 10 should ride on the sidewalk because they lack the mental maturity needed to make safe decisions in the street.
Children should always wear a helmet to protect against head injuries. And it should be worn properly. The helmet should be low on the forehead, just above the child’s eyebrows. The chinstrap should fit around the ear and under the chin snugly. The correct size should be selected according to the child’s head circumference.
Children also need to be to ride with both hands on the handlebars at all times. If the child needs to carry something, he should wear a backpack or use a bicycle carrier. Wearing bright or fluorescent clothing can help make children more visible to drivers, especially during evening hours.
We recommend you get in the habit of inspecting your child’s bike regularly to make sure everything is in working order. The bike should have reflectors on the front and rear, as well as reflectors on the tires to allow for easier nighttime visibility. The tires should be properly inflated and the brakes should allow the child to stop quickly if needed. The bike should be adjusted so the handlebars are level with the seat and the seat allows the child’s knees to bend slightly when his legs are fully extended.
Contacting an Attorney
Although teaching your child the basics of bike safety can help prevent many accidents, adult drivers are ultimately the ones responsible for the safety of children on the road. If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle accident while riding his or her bike, a personal injury attorney can help protect your legal rights.
Compensation may be available for your child’s medical expenses, rehabilitation and pain and suffering. The attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho families and individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Please give us a call today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.