Children At Risk: Are Your Child’s Chances of Experiencing a Bike Injury High?
Although only one percent of all trips taken in the United States are on bikes, bicyclists face higher risks of crash-related deaths and injuries than occupants of motor vehicles, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, according to a CDC study, in 2010, nearly 800 bicyclists were killed and there were an estimated 515,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle accident injuries.
Is Your Child At Risk for a Bike Accident?
Although any child who gets on a bike has a chance of getting injured in an accident, some are more prone to injuries than others. According to the CDC:
- Children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 5 and 24 have the highest rates of non-fatal bicycle-related injuries, which accounts for about 60 percent of all bicycle-related injuries seen in emergency rooms.
- Males are more likely to become injured or killed on bicycles than females.
- Adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 and adults over 45 have the highest bicycle death rates.
- A majority of bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas at non-intersection locations.
Hold the Person Responsible for Your Child’s Injuries Accountable
Whether your child suffered from minor lacerations because of the crash or a life-threatening traumatic brain injury, her life will likely change. The physical and emotional scars of an accident run deep and may affect her for many years down the road. The medical bills for the treatment will likely run in the thousands, and, unless you have an attorney fighting for your rights, you’ll probably end up footing the bill.
The Morton Law Offices want to help you hold the negligent party responsible for his or her actions. Contact us today to find out how.
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