This is a great educational video for young cyclists from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Before getting on their first bike, children must understand the importance following bicycle safety laws. Keep some of these statistics in mind when teaching your children about bicycle safety:
- Approximately 51,000 cyclists were injured in collisions with a motor vehicle in 2009. Nearly 8,000, or 17 percent, of the injured cyclists were age 14 years or younger.
- There were 630 fatal bicycle accidents in 2009, accounting for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- Seventy percent of all cycling fatalities in 2009 occurred in urban areas.
- Seventy-two percent of these fatalities occurred between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Keep in mind that these statistics are meant to highlight the most common and dangerous types of accidents. Always supervise your children when they ride, until they are old enough to safely ride alone and respect the rules of the road. Please visit our website for more information on bicycle safety, and contact our office today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident.
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