May is Bike Safety Month!
Did you know that bikes are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except automobiles? Sadly, child bicycling deaths increase 45% above the month average in the summer. With 27.7 million children riding bikes, we know there are too many of those kids riding without a helmet.
Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage in childhood, and it’s an activity that families can certainly do together. However, there are some important things for you to consider before jumping on that bike.
Make it a rule, every time you or your child rides a bike, wear a bicycle helmet. It’s the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from a bicycle crash. In order to maximize protection, ensure the helmet fits properly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly.
When riding a bike, please keep these important safety tips in mind:
• Wear a bicycle helmet that meets the safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
• Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly.
• Ensure proper bike fit by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Buy a bicycle that is the right size for the child, not one he will grow into. When sitting on the seat, the child’s feet should be able to touch the ground.
• Make sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.
As Seattle bicycle accident attorneys, we hope that all of our readers will follow these recommendations and have a safe cycling season. At Dixon Law Firm, our lawyers are dedicated to helping bicycle accident victims accidents recover full compensation. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or disabled, or you simply need more information, please call us at (206) 357-8582.
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