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BICYCLES — KEEP THE KIDS SAFE

It’s spring!!!!I have written about bicycle safety, in general. I have not written, specifically, about how parents can keep their kids safe on their bikes. Spending time teaching your child to ride a bike and then riding with them is good exercise and a lot of fun.  Parents, the more you are educated on the subject and the more you teach your children about bicycle safety, the more likely it is that your children will remain safe on their bikes. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that every year several hundred thousand children will require an emergency room visit to treat bicycle related injuries.http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Bicycle/

Every parent’s goal is to avoid having their child become a statistic.

CHILDREN ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR HELMETS

There is an ongoing debate in the cycling community about whether helmets prevent head injuries and traumatic brain injuries.   In New Jersey, all bike riders under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet.  N.J.S.A. 39:4-10.1   No matter what side of that debate you are on, make sure your child wears a helmet at all times. It’s the law.  As a parent myself, I know that kids do not care for the bicycle helmets, but requiring your child to always wear a helmet at an early age will help form lifelong habits. Children also seem to like personalize their helmets. Skateboard shops, for example, are great places to find stickers to personalize a bike helmet.

It is important to remember that all new bicycle helmets sold in the United States must meet certain standards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) provides standards which approved bicycle helmets will meet. Helmets meeting these standards will have a sticker indicating as much.  New Jersey law requires that all bicycle helmets meet the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z90.4 bicycle helmet standard) or the Snell Memorial Foundation’s 1990 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling. It is important that children don’t throw their helmets around, as this can damage the structural integrity of the helmet. Helmets should always be replaced after a crash in which the helmet is cracked or even scuffed.

WEAR BRIGHT COLORS

Children wearing bright clothes are less likely to get hit by a vehicle. This is especially important at night. Inexperienced riders can wear knee and elbow pads to prevent getting cuts and scrapes if they fall off their bicycles. It is also extremely important to teach your children to always make sure their shoes are tied and that loose clothing is secure. Shoe laces and loose pants can easily cause an accident if they get caught in the chain.

SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

Now that you have the basic equipment out of the way, it is important to teach your children how to ride safely and protect themselves from injuries.   This begins by impressing upon them that, fun as they can be, bikes are not toys – they are vehicles.  Kids under 10 should ride exclusively on the sidewalk and avoid the streets, but it is important for your child to be aware that even when using the sidewalk there are a host of potential causes of accidents including:

1 Cars. Remember even when your child is riding their bicycle on the sidewalk, every driveway is a potential hazard. Road crossings are another area where your child should be on high alert.
2 Cracks in the sidewalk;
3 Puddles seem fun, but are hazardous for young bicyclists;
4 Wet leaves;
5 Toys;
6 Pedestrians;
7 Storm grates; and
8 Loose gravel.

All of the above are hazardous for inexperienced bicycle riders and children must be taught to maintain their line of vision down the sidewalk. Young riders are especially prone to staring at the pedals as they ride which is very dangerous.

RULES OF THE ROAD

It is also important to continually educate your children as they age. When they begin riding in the street, they must always realize, as I said earlier, that a bicycle is a vehicle, not a toy.  They need to learn the rules of the road. Children should always follow these rules:

1. Stop at all stop signs and red lights;
2. Use crosswalks wherever available;
3. Walk the bike across busy intersections;
4. Always check traffic in both directions before entering a street;
5. Ride on the right hand side of the road;
6. Use bike lanes, whenever available;
7. Watch for doors opening on parked cars;
8. Do not cross streets between parked cars; and
9. Never wear headphones.

CONTACT THE LAW OFFICES OF KARIM ARZADI

Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident? Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Joworisak & Associates today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet an attorney.  We have conveniently located offices in Perth Amboy, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Roselle and East Orange. We understand traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries and other medical problems caused by bike accidents and the problems that they can cause in your daily life.  Our law firm will always work to make sure you are compensated fairly.

Whether you were a pedestrian, a bicyclist, or the occupant of car, motorcycle or boat and have been injured in an accident, you should immediately call one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at LAW OFFICES OF KARIM ARZADI at (732) 442-5900 21-COURTLAW (212-68785290) during regular business hours or 1-800-RITELAW (800-748-3529) toll free.  You can even call on weekends or after regular business hours. We have offices in  in Middlesex, Union, Essex and Hudson counties.

 

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