Risking the Ride – Children & Bicycle Injuries

There is nothing quite like watching your children ride their bicycles by themselves for the first time. Watching them take off, you feel so proud. The training wheels are off and they are wobbling along, having the time of their lives.

Riding bikes is such an easy activity to do with your family, and it is great when your children can tag along and ride close to you and enjoy a ride by the park or through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it is common for motorists on the road to ignore the fact that they share the road with cyclists. A fun and easy activity can easily turn into something a little more dangerous than expected.

You always want to protect your loved ones. Yes, riding bikes with your family is a wonderful activity, but it can be unsafe. Even though wearing protective gear like a helmet, elbow and knee pads, and the right clothes can protect against injury if an accident occurs, some bike collisions with vehicles can be too much for the body to handle. Reckless motorists and unpredictable traffic make it difficult to fully protect your loved ones while cycling. Children can ride off without permission and get into sticky situations.

The statistics speak for themselves. In the year 2008, it was estimated that 52,000 bicyclists were injured in collisions with motor vehicles. Of that 52,000, 11,000 were aged 14 or under. Of that 52,000, 716 were fatalities, 81 of them being children 14 and under. These numbers are tragic, but they reveal the real dangers of being a cyclist.

Regrettably, bad things happen everyday regardless of the effort you put into avoiding them. If you have been the victim of a bicycle collision with a car, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Santa Monica bicycle accident attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers Injury Lawyers for a  free case evaluation.