Your kids probably love to be outside during the summer and ride their bikes on your street and in the neighborhood. There are many reasons why your kids should ride their bikes: it’s fun, it gives them a sense of freedom, it’s good exercise and it’s good for the environment. Kids and families should also be aware of how to safely ride bikes in order to avoid any serious injuries.
How Can I Protect My Child on His or Her Bike?
- Wear a properly-fitted helmet. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent, but less than half of kids 14 and under actually wear one.
- Ensure that your kids are riding the right bike. Riding a bike that is the right size for your child might save them in an accident. Make sure that there is 1 to 3 inches of space between the top bar and your child’s body. Also, make sure the chain on the bike is oiled regularly, and check to see if the brakes are working and the tires have enough air.
- Ride on the sidewalk. If not, your child should always ride in the same direction as traffic and as far on the right as possible.
- Wear bright colors and use lights. Visibility is very important for your child, especially when riding in the early morning or late in the evening.
- Ride with your children. Stick together as a family if you are riding your bikes to a destination, at least until you’re comfortable with your kids riding on their own.
If your child has been injured riding his or her bike this summer due to someone else’s negligence, you and your family could potentially seek compensation for your child’s injuries. Contact our Atlantic City personal injury attorneys at Targan, Pender & Strickland today for a free consultation.