Tragic Sarasota Bicycle Accident Highlights Importance of Safety Precautions

by Carmen Dellutri on March 1, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyAs parents, our hearts go out to the family of the child injured in a recent Sarasota bicycle accident. According to Florida Highway Patrol, he was struck by a car while attempting to cross University Parkway.

As Port Charlotte accident attorneys, we know that this is unfortunately not an isolated incident. In fact, in 2009, Florida recorded the most bicyclist fatalities in the country. In total, 7,282 children aged 5 to 14 were killed or injured and treated in a hospital due to bicycle-related crashes. Across the county, about 13 percent of the bicyclists who died on U.S. roads were under age 16, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Research shows that child bicycle safety, namely helmet use, is pivotal to preventing fatal accidents. However, most children (75%) do not always wear a helmet. While children, particularly older ones, may resist wearing a bicycle helmet, we urge parents to consider the following:

  • Bicycle helmets prevent 52 to 60 percent of bike-related head injury deaths (for all ages), as well as an estimated 68 to 85 percent of nonfatal head and scalp injuries, and 65 percent of upper and middle face injuries, even when misuse is considered.
  • Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries, and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.
  • Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent.

Given the overwhelming evidence above, the most effective way to protect your child from a tragic Florida bicycle accident is to make sure he or she always wears a helmet.

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 Sarasota or Port Charlotte bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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



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