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Make Sure To Be Safe on National Bike to School Day

As concerns over screen time and youthful inactivity persist, National Bike to School Day gives children a reason to hop on their bicycles and get some exercise. Whether you’re old or young, cycling is a fun way to stay in shape and help the environment. However, despite laws in many states that are dedicated to protecting them, riders still face dangers from careless vehicle drivers and other potential hazards.

In addition to its other benefits, National Bike to School Day creates the perfect opportunity for families to go over vital bicycle safety instructions, such as:

  • Wear a helmet — Most fatal bicycle accidents result from a traumatic brain injury, and in nearly all of those cases, the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet. Whether or not your state has a law requiring helmet use for cyclists under a certain age, it’s wise to use this protection on each ride.
  • Avoid earphones and other distractions — Technology has made it possible to listen to music or engage in conversations while you’re doing other things. Unfortunately, cell phones, ear buds and other distractions can prevent bike riders from making quick adjustments that are sometimes necessary. Hearing what’s around you is very important while cycling, so don’t use any device or engage in any activity that compromises your senses.
  • Ride with traffic and obey the rules — Spending time on a bicycle gives people of all ages a sense of excitement and freedom. However, you can’t lose your head. Riders, no matter their age, must follow the same traffic laws as drivers.

Bicycling to and from school can be a big step in a child’s life, but the imbalance in weight and speed can be devastating if they are struck by a vehicle. If you or your child is hurt in such an accident, you should find an attorney who is well versed in bicycle injury cases.

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban represents clients of all ages who have been hurt in bicycle accidents and other types of vehicle collisions. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call (888) 351-1038 or contact us online. Our offices are located in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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