A six year old boy was rushed to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA after being struck by a car while riding his bike.  The boy was not wearing a helmet and was distracted when the car hit him.  He is reported to be in stable condition and the driver of the car was not charged.

This tragic story reminds us all how important safety is for our children.  Now that the weather is staying nice and kids are spending more and more time outside, it is important that parents make sure all precautions are taken to ensure their children’s safety.  First and foremost, if your child rides a bike make sure he or she wears a helmet!  According to safekids.org, head injuries are the leading cause of wheeled sports-related injuries and account for 60% of bicycle fatalities.  Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85% and brain injury by up to 88%.

When purchasing a helmet, make sure it meets the safety standards developed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  You must also make sure it fits properly.  It should sit on top of your child’s head in a level position.  It should not rock forward, backward, or side to side.  The straps should always be buckled.  A good test for this is to have your child open his or her mouth as wide as the can.  He or she should feel the helmet get a little more snug.  If not, tighten the straps.

Make sure your child knows the rules of the road.  Always ride with traffic, not against.  Make sure they know and obey all traffic signals and signs.  Make sure they know the correct hand signals to use.  Extreme caution must be used at intersections.  Your child needs to be alert at all times, so make sure there are no distractions, like an Ipod.

Children should be restricted to off-roads, such as sidewalks and paths, until age 10.  They should never ride at night or in fog.  If they absolutely have to ride in the dark, make sure they wear bright clothing and make sure the bike has a light and proper reflectors.

If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bike, please contact The Kerr Law Firm at 1-800-350-2990 or locally at 1-843-785-3330.  You may also email us at info@kerrlf.com. We would be happy to offer you a free consultation.