Bike Accidents Put Children at Risk for Serious Injuries, Fatalities
Bike accidents present a substantial danger to children, according to a recent report in a journal called Accident Analysis and Prevention. When a child is hurt or killed in a bicycle crash, the victim’s family should consult with a Miami injury lawyer to explore the possibility of pursuing a claim for compensation for bike accident injuries from any motorist responsible for causing the accident to occur.
CBS News provided details on troubling new data that was made available in the research published by Accident Analysis and Prevention. The data both shows how common bicycle accidents are as well as the most likely types of injuries that young people suffer when collisions occur.
The Risks of Bike Accidents
According to CBS News, the research in Accident Analysis and Prevention showed that there were a total of 2.2 million children between the ages of five and 17 who received treatment in emergency rooms within the United States because of injuries from bicycle accidents during the time period spanning 2006 to 2015.
When averaged out over the total time that passed when the 2.2 million children received treatment, the data shows that more than 600 children per day had to visit a hospital ER after an incident occurred while they were riding a bike. This is also the equivalent of around 25 children each hour sustaining injuries in a bike accident that send them to the emergency room.
Nearly half of all the children who were included in the study who visited the ER were between the ages of 10 and 14, suggesting that older children, pre-teens, and young people early in their teenage years are the most vulnerable group when it comes to involvement with bicycle accidents. Further, boys were found to be far more likely than girls to sustain injuries in bicycle accidents. In fact, around ¾ of the total number of injuries that sent children to emergency rooms involved boys.
Most of the bike accidents that cause injury occurred in the street or at the child’s home. There were also specific types of injuries that were far more common than others. The most common injury prompting ER visits for children injured in bike accidents was injuries to the upper extremities. This included bruises, fractures, cuts, and scrapes.
Traumatic brain injuries were also troublingly frequent, with 11 percent of the total number of injuries sustained by all young people from 2006 to 2016 resulting from an injury to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can sometime result in the death of a child if the injury is severe. Even a single TBI can also substantially increase the risk later in life of serious conditions such as dementia. TBIs are especially common among pre-teens and teen bicycle riders because many young people within this age group are reluctant to wear bicycle helmets even despite the obvious safety reasons for doing so.
If you or your child is injured in a bike accident, a Miami injury lawyer can provide the help and support you need. Contact an attorney today to find out how an experienced legal professional can help you to fight to obtain compensation for losses.