Cycling is a healthy activity for the whole family, but it comes with inherent dangers. Even a slow-speed collision with a motor vehicle is likely to end with injuries.
In 2013, more than 900 cyclists died in accidents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, at least 494,000 people visited emergency departments for bicycle accident-related injuries.
If your child rides a bike, it is critical that you take steps to minimize his or her risk of crashing and sustaining injuries. Of particular importance is the clothing that your child wears while cycling.
These five items will reduce the probability of getting in an accident and sustaining serious injuries:
- Fluorescent clothes;
- Reflectors or reflective tape;
- Lightweight clothes;
- Proper pants;
- And correct footwear.
Unfortunately, even the safest bicyclist can still fall victim to a negligent driver. If your child was hit by a car in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD.
A Gulfport injury lawyer will evaluate the crash, talk to witnesses and determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five clothing items that will improve your child’s safety while riding a bike:
- Fluorescent Clothes
Fluorescent clothes will help motorists see your child. Dark clothes, however, will make him or her more difficult to spot – especially when riding at night. If your child cycles to school and does not want to wear brightly colored clothes all day, purchase a lightweight, fluorescent jacket or vest to wear over regular clothing.
- Reflectors or Reflective Tape
Your child’s clothing should reflect a car’s headlights. If it does not have built-in reflectors, purchase reflective tape and apply it to the front and back of your child’s cycling jacket or shirt.
- Lightweight Clothes
Cyclists generate a lot of heat while riding and can easily become uncomfortably hot. Purchase purpose-built cycling clothing that is lightweight and prevents dehydration.
- Proper Pants
Pant legs can easily get caught in the bicycle’s chain and cause your child to lose control. KidsHealth.org recommends that you ensure your child does not wear flared or loose-fitting pants while cycling.
- Correct Footwear
Your child should never ride barefoot or while wearing flip-flops. Closed-toe shoes with adequate grip are the safest option for young cyclists.
If your child was hit by a negligent driver in Mississippi, contact a Gulfport injury attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years.
We will evaluate your case, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and help you pursue the maximum compensation. If your case goes to trial, our lawyers have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.