Children grow up on bicycles. Unfortunately, bikes are also sometimes dangerous forms of amusement and transportation. Statistically, children ages 5 to 14 are rushed to the emergency room for bike injuries more frequently than injuries sustained in any other sport. And if your child is not wearing a helmet, these injuries can be deadly. Here are some tips to keep your children safe when enjoying one of their favorite pastimes.
Don't Forget The Helmet!
Our brains may be the most important part of our bodies; this is especially true for kids. A brain injury in children can greatly reduce your child's ability to grow-up productive and healthy, and may even lead to paralysis and death. Obviously, wearing a helmet while riding a bike is imperative.
Wearing a helmet while riding a bike reduces the occurrence of brain injuries by up to 88% in the event of an accident. However, only 25% of kids ages 5-14 wear helmets while riding bikes. Whether your child complains that “helmets aren't cool” or that their friends don't have to wear one – these are excuses! You must always ensure that your child wears a helmet while riding and that the helmet fits properly.
Ensure The Helmet Fits Right
A helmet is basically useless if it doesn't fit correctly. Here are 3 basic rules to follow to ensure your child's helmet will protect them:
The bike helmet straps should form a “Y” under each of your child's earlobes and lay flat against their head.
If your child's helmet sits to high on their head, it will not protect them in an accident. The helmet must sit level on your child's head and rest low on the forehead – one to two finger lengths above their eyebrows.
The chin strap of your child's helmet should be loose enough that your child can breathe, but tight enough to stay snug in an accident. There should be just enough room that you can put one finger between your child's chin and the helmet buckle.
Similar to a seatbelt, a bike helmet will save your child from serious injuries and even death. Always make sure that your child wears a helmet. If your child was injured in a bike or auto accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your child's and get you the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. The qualified personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal are dedicated to you and your case. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 825-2223 or visit us online.