Near Fatal Bicycle Accident Highlights the Importance of Helmets
In March 2011, a 9-year-old boy took off on his bicycle to visit with a friend before dinner. He was hit by a Ford Explorer and knocked unconscious after flying 45 feet off of his bike. The boy sustained internal bleeding, broken bones and a brain injury. Although he survived, he still has some memory loss and scars from the accident.
As experienced bike accident injury lawyers in Arizona we believe that this almost-fatal accident highlights the importance of wearing a helmet and obeying other bicycle safety rules. The boy did not wear his helmet that day because it did not fit him properly. It obstructed his vision by drooping over his eyes, putting his safety in even more danger.
Another recent bicycle accident had a different outcome. In August 2011, a 7-year-old boy was killed when a motorist struck his bicycle. This child was also not wearing a helmet. Arizona hospital officials report that children’s bike accidents often occur between 3:00 and 7:00 PM, which is when many children ride their bikes home from school or visit friends before dinner.
Because Arizona has no statewide law about wearing helmets, officials encourage parents to make sure their kids wear them. Wearing a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury in the event of an accident. Protecting the brain is particularly important since it does not heal like broken bones do. Parents should review bicycle safety rules with their kids on a regular basis. Children under the age of 10 should also avoid biking alone.
The Peoria bicycle accident attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices P.C. have the experience needed to handle bicycle accident cases caused by at-fault motorists. If your child was seriously or fatally injured in Arizona due to someone else’s negligence, call us for a free consultation at 623-455-6603. Please feel free to also visit our Husband and Wife Law Team Facebook page for firm news and other valuable information.
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