Riding a bicycle is a keystone of any child's life and for parent's it can be one of the most stressful thing about watching your child grow up. Letting them venture out on their own, hoping they know what to do to stay safe and return home with nothing more than typical bumps and bruises. That's where teaching your child proper pedestrian safety rules comes in. Because no matter if you're riding a bike or driving a car, you have to stop at stop signs and traffic lights. It is our jobs as parents, make sure your child understands this.
Not all kids know that they are just as responsible to follow the rules of the road as motorists. A 14 year-old girl was hospitalized after she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The child pedestrian accident happened in Erie, Michigan. According to police reports the girl was trying to cross an intersection at Peach Street and Liberty Street against a red light around 8 p.m. when she was hit by a truck. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she was listed in stable condition.
Children have difficulty judging the speed, distance and size of on-coming vehicles, and they are small. This makes them especially vulnerable to pedestrian car accidents. There are four types of accidents that commonly occur between children and motor vehicles.
The child darts out into the street at the corner or mid-block. – These accidents occur when children are playing. They run in the street after another child, a ball or other object.
A vehicle turns into the path of a child when child is crossing at a green light or walk sign. The child thinks they are safe because the sign says “walk”, so they do not look for vehicles.
A child is hidden from view by an ice cream truck or bus and a driver does not stop.
A vehicle backs out of roadway, driveway or parking lot and the driver does not see the child.
Our Kansas City Child Injury Lawyers want to remind all parents about the importance of stressing bicycle safety on our kids now. As your kids get older they are going to want adventure away from home. Especially during these summer months. Time on the bike is a part of child hood. But we as parents have to make sure they know what is expected of them, as bicyclists on the road.
If you have a child who has suffered a serious injury as a pedestrian or bicyclist in Kansas or Missouri, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Call our experienced Kansas City Child Injury Attorneys. With over 15 years of experience in Child Injury Accidents, we might be able to help your family through this difficult time.
Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys to set up a free consultation to discuss your personal injury claim. For more information on our dedication to Child Injuries, visit the website for our new organization, The Roswold Foundation, which we started to help victims of Child Injury Accidents. We want you to know your rights.