Steps to Take If Your Child Is Injured in A Bicycle Accident

As parents, we always strive to keep our children safe and protect them from any harm. However, accidents can still happen, especially when it comes to outdoor activities like bicycling, which can lead to children being seriously injured.

If your child has been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another person, it’s crucial to act fast, and take steps to ensure your child’s safety, as well as protect their legal rights.  At The Barnes Firm, our attorneys are also parents, and understand how scary an accident involving your child can be. Our team of bicycle accident lawyers are dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible for their actions. We will work hard on behalf of you and your child to help you get the best result possible for your accident case. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.

What Should I do if my Child has Been in a Bicycle Accident?

A serious bicycle accident involving your child can be a traumatic experience. It is crucial to know what steps to take after an accident to ensure your child’s safety. Here are some crucial steps to take if your child has been in a serious bicycle accident:

Stay Calm and Call Emergency Services

The first and most important step is to stay calm and call emergency services immediately. Dial 911 and report the accident to law enforcement.

Do Not Move the Bicycle

Leave the bicycle as it was when the accident occurred. This will help the police determine how the accident occurred.

Gather Information from the Accident Scene

Gather as much information about the accident as possible.

  • Take note of the location, time, and date of the accident.
  • Collect contact information and insurance information from everyone involved in the accident.
  • If anyone witnessed the accident, write down their statement.
  • Take pictures and videos of the accident scene and your child’s injuries.
  • Before leaving the scene, make sure to request a copy of the police report.

Get Medical Care

Even if your child’s injuries seem minor, it’s essential to seek medical care as soon as possible. Some injuries may not be noticeable right away and can worsen over time if left untreated. Make sure to follow through with all medical appointments and treatments prescribed by the doctor. Keep all medical records and bills related to your child’s injuries as they may be needed for legal purposes.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney at The Barnes Firm

If your child has been injured, it is important to contact a team of personal injury lawyers who specialize in bicycle accidents and that you can trust. Our team of bicycle accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your child receives the financial compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents Involving Children

Bicycle accidents involving children are often caused by a variety of factors but can usually be traced back to a negligent motorist. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorist behavior is a factor in 44% of fatal bicycle accidents. Our team of bicycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm have found the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Failing to yield to a bicyclist at an intersection
  • A motor vehicle turning left or right directly in front of a bicyclist
  • Distracted or reckless driving near a bicyclist
  • Motorists failing to properly share the road with bicyclists
  • Tailgating a bicyclist
  • Motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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How Can I Protect My Child While Riding a Bicycle?

Accidents often are not preventable, however, there are steps that can be taken to help assure your child’s safety when riding a bicycle and decrease their chance of serious injury. These include:

  • Ensure your child wears a properly fitting helmet every time they ride their bike. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%.
  • Teach your child the rules of the road, including traffic laws, riding with traffic, and using hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
  • Supervise your child while they ride their bicycle.
  • Ensure that your child’s bicycle is in good condition, with properly inflated tires, working brakes, and reflectors or lights for visibility.
  • Dress your child in brightly colored clothing or reflective gear to increase their visibility to motorists.

Speak With a Trusted Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

At The Barnes Firm, we understand the impact that bicycle accidents can have on families, and we are here to provide legal guidance and support. Our team of experienced bicycle accident lawyers can help you navigate the legal process and fight for your child’s rights. Contact us today at (800) 800-0000 for a free consultation and let us put our expertise to work for you.

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