With school returning this fall, millions of children across the country will be riding their bicycles to school. Cycling to school can be a healthy and fun alternative to riding the bus, but parents need to be aware of the dangers and ensure safety for their children.
Of all traffic fatalities recorded in 2009, 630 were cyclists, representing 2 percent of all deaths. Seventeen percent of all cyclists injured in accidents in 2009 were age 14 or younger. Keep these helpful tips in mind to ensure your child does not become a statistic:
- Map out a safe route for your child to ride to school, and establish how long it takes to ride so you will know to take steps if your child does arrive home or to school on time.
- Make sure your child always wears a helmet and follows bicycle safety laws. If you teach children these habits from a young age, they will become second nature to them.
- Ride with your child. This is a great way to set a good example and observe any unsafe riding habits you may be unaware of.
Please visit our website for more information on cycling safety, and contact our office for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego accident lawyer.