Biking to school is a good way to get exercise, have fun, and get to school on time. But bicycling can also be dangerous. More children are injured in bicycle accidents than in any other sport. Here are some back-to-school bicycle safety tips from Boca Raton injury lawyer David Glatthorn:
- Make sure your child wears his helmet. Helmets may not be cool, but if every child wore a helmet, we could prevent about 45,000 brain injuries a year.
- Make sure your child's bike is safe. It's hard to properly control a bike if it is too small or too big. Check to make sure that your child still fits his bike and adjust the seat if necessary. While you're checking the seat, give the bike a tune-up. Test the brakes, make sure the wheels are aligned, inflate the tires, and check the chain.
- Ride with a friend. If you can't ride to school with your child, suggest that a friend or older sibling go with him. Always ride single file. Don't carry passengers.
- Choose a smart route. Find the safest route to school. If there are no bike paths, look for a route that avoids busy roads. Remind your child to walk the bike across intersections. Younger children can ride on the sidewalk.
- Follow the rules. Bicyclists should go in the same direction as traffic and use hand signals to let others know if they are turning or stopping. They must obey stop signs, yield signs, and other traffic signals.
- Be seen. Make sure your child's bike has reflectors and encourage him to wear bright colors when riding to school.
If your child is injured in a Florida car-bicycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. To learn more, contact Boca Raton car accident attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.