The majority of kids will fall off or get hurt while riding a bike at some point in life. For 2.2 million of those children, between the years of 2006 and 2015, such accidents resulted in a trip to the emergency room. That means roughly every 25 hours, a child was treated due to a bike injury in hospitals across the United States.
The study, which was published in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention, found that injuries of the upper extremities were most common. Cuts, bruises, and scrapes accounted for many of those bike injuries. However, many children also suffered from traumatic brain injuries.
Children between the ages of 10 to 14 accounted for almost half of the bike injuries considered in the study, with boys making up close to three-quarters of that number. The most frequently reported locations of bike injuries were at home or while riding in the street.
Sadly, traumatic brain injuries from bike accidents occurred in a whopping 11 percent of the cases involved in the study. One conclusion drawn from the study, based on the fact 10 to 14-year olds suffer the most bike accidents, and are least likely to wear a helmet, was that more focus is needed on bike safety for kids in this age group.
At the time of this writing, fewer than 50% of U.S. states have helmet laws although Georgia does require children 16 and under to wear a helmet. This is despite the fact that wearing a helmet has been shown to help protect kids from incurring serious bike injuries. The study suggests more needs done to ensure kids to wear helmets and other protective gear.
Parents are encouraged to take kids shopping for their own helmet, allowing each child to choose a style they like, and making sure the helmet fits properly. A parent setting a good example is also of huge importance, according to researchers involved in the study. Children learn by example so parents wearing a helmet can help reduce the severity of bike injuries.
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If your child has suffered bike injuries due to no fault of his or her own, you may be in a position to seek injury compensation. Call the offices of Franklin Law for expert and transparent consultation with a professional and experienced legal team. We are committed to fighting alongside our clients if there is a legitimate case for personal injury compensation.