Care Coral Accident Highlights Importance of Bike Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on October 2, 2012

Florida bicycle accident attorneyA Cape Coral teen is recovery from his injuries after he was hit by a car riding his bike to school.  Thankfully, he did not sustain any life-threating injuries.

Nonetheless, the Cape Coral accident highlights that both students and drivers need to take extra care now that school is back in session. Tragically, more than 800 students are killed going to and from school. Many of these accidents involve pedestrians and bicyclists.

While biking to school is an excellent way to get exercise, parents should make sure that children are taking the proper steps to stay safe. Below are a few tips to keep in mind:

1.  Inspect Your Child's Bike: Back to school is a good time to give your child's bike a safety inspection. You'll want to look over the brakes, wheel alignment, seat, handlebars, pedals, tires, axle nuts and bearings and chain.


2. Insist on a Helmet: Helmets are essential to safe bike riding. Head injury is the leading cause of death in cycling accidents, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that proper use of helmets by kids ages 4 to 15 would prevent around 45,000 head injuries annually. Insist that your child wear a helmet when riding!

3.  Ride Smart: Teach your child to choose the best route to a destination. For instance, avoid busy roads when there are quieter routes to the same place. If possible, ride on bike paths. Encourage children to walk their bikes across busy intersections.

4.  Signal Your Intentions: Teach your child to use proper hand signals to alert others of his intentions:

Left turn: left hand and arm held straight out, pointing left
Right turn: left hand and arm held straight up or right arm held straight out, pointing right
Stop: left hand and arm held straight down

5.  Road Safety: Talk with your child about basic road safety when riding a bike. For instance, teach her to ride with (not against) traffic and on the right side of the road. Ride with someone else if possible, and always ride single file.

6. Reflect on It: If your child does need to ride in the early morning or evening hours, make sure his bike is equipped with reflectors. Wearing neon, bright or reflective clothing is a good idea as well, as is a headlight for the bike.

Source: WAHM.com

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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