Riding bikes has been a favorite activity of children for generations. Riding a bicycle keeps children active and allows them to enjoy the outdoors, especially when they are on break from school in the summer. However, seeing your child ride off on a bike can also be stressful because of the risks of injury that come with riding a bike.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can happen in many different ways, and the following are some examples of common causes of injuries to children while they are riding a bike:
- Negligent drivers: Collisions with motor vehicles are the main cause of injuries to children riding bikes. There are many dangerous activities drivers can engage in that may lead them to crash into a bicyclist, including distracted driving, speeding, dangerous passing, disobeying traffic laws, drunk driving, and more. When a car hits a bike, a young cyclist often suffers catastrophic injuries.
- Defective bicycles: Like any type of vehicle or product, bicycles can be manufactured and sold with defective parts. When brakes, tires, wheels, steering systems, or other parts of a bicycle malfunction, a bicyclist can often crash. This is especially true for young children, as they may not have the awareness to react in a manner that avoids a crash.
- Road hazards: The roads in some neighborhoods around Indianapolis can have potholes, cracks, or other hazardous conditions. If a young bicyclist hits one of these hazards, he or she can crash or even go flying off his or her bike. The city has a responsibility to keep the streets safe and may be held liable if a road hazard injures your child.
No parent wants his or her child to experience a painful injury. In addition, many injuries to young bicyclists can require extensive medical attention and ongoing treatment. In some situations, a child may be left permanently disabled because of a bicycle crash, and his or her entire life may be changed. You should always discuss your legal rights with a skilled bicycle accident attorney if your child has been injured.
Consult with an Experienced Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many bicycle accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced bicycle accident attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.