If your child regularly rides his or her bike, you need to understand the various threats they face. If they ride near traffic, even for a short period of time, it is crucial to understand the risk of an accident and do your best to inform them of the hazards that come with riding a bike near the road. Sadly, children are especially vulnerable when it comes to traffic crashes involving bicycles and many lose their lives and sustain debilitating injuries.
Aside from bicycles, many children are also injured and killed while riding tricycles and unicycles near traffic.
Reviewing statistics on bike crashes involving children
According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, estimates suggest that during 2018, 5,000 children 14 and younger sustained injuries in traffic accidents while riding a bicycle. Moreover, 37 kids in this age group lost their lives in bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles, 78% of whom were boys. Also, 72% of these fatalities involved drivers colliding with young bicyclists in the front of their vehicle.
Reviewing strategies to prevent bicycle accidents
It is very important for you to discuss the risk of a traffic accident with your child, especially if they ride a bike or walk near traffic. Wearing a helmet is critical, but does not always protect children from reckless drivers. In fact, 51% of the children who died in traffic-related bicycle crashes during 2018 were wearing helmets at the time of the collision. Whether your child likes to ride their bike with friends or they ride their bicycle to school, you need to inform them of the dangers they face and take action if they are struck by a negligent driver.