As more and more children take up cycling various bodies call for better road safety education, awareness and protection. Riding a bike to and from school should be an enjoyable and healthy activity. But with so many cars on the road and so many potential hazards, it is important that they are given every support possible, from wearing a helmet to attending cycling proficiency classes.
What causes a cycling collision involving a child?
Cycling collisions involving a child occur for all kinds of reasons, such as a motorist emerging into the path of the child or turning across him or her. The child may ride off a pavement into the path of a car or take up the same lane as a car, bus or lorry who fails to see the cycle and collides with it while crossing lanes or making a turning. Taking a right turn into oncoming traffic is a significant a cause of a cycling collision involving a child. Sometimes the approaching vehicles can be travelling at speed. But sometimes a child can be riding too fast or lose control.
All cyclists are vulnerable to some awful injuries in the event of a collision and in the case of a child these can be very serious and even life-threatening. Limb injuries are common in casualties and less so chest and abdomen injuries. Hospital data shows that 45% of child cyclists suffer head injuries, ranging from fatal skull fractures and brain damage to minor concussion and cuts.
Cycling can help children to become more confident and independent and kids who bike to school perform better than their peers, no doubt because of all that exercise. Parents and teachers can help to ensure they have an enjoyable and safe time on the roads through cycling proficiency courses which make them aware of other road users and potential dangers.
Do you need no-obligation legal advice?
Cycling can be a wonderful activity for children of all ages, but sadly accidents do happen. If you have had been involved in a cycling collision with a child Accident Advice Helpline can assess if there is a claim to be made. Your first step is to call our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 so you can get the professional advice you are entitled to. Remember there is no obligation, but it could enable you to put in a no-win, no-fee* compensation claim in the near future.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown