Over the past four decades, the mortality rate among children who are injured in bicycle accidents has dropped 92%. The figures were recently provided by the Centers for Disease Control, which analyzed bicycle fatalities involving children as well as lifestyle trends that have shifted over the past 40 years.
One small contributing factor is bicycle safety. The number of children who wear helmets has tripled since 1991. Something else that has changed with time: Technology. Bicycle helmets are tested and built under advanced standards and with more durable materials than they were generations ago. Although bike helmets will not guarantee the user will avoid a brain injury, they can help prevent the severity of traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, a boy involved in a cycling accident in Wake Forest earlier this year had not been wearing a helmet. Children's physical development advances quickly, and a head injury could impede cognitive development. Also, since children's bodies are not fully developed, an injury that might simply harm an adult could be fatal for a child.
In an effort to help encourage children to practice safe cycling habits, our bicycle accident attorneys in Raleigh and Cary provide Tips to Prevent Bicycle Crash Injuries With Children. Our overview covers helmet methods practice might use to how an iPod or other music listening device affect a cyclist's reactions.
Helmets can help prevent death associated with head injuries, but some bicycle crashes severely injure other parts of the body. Some children might be more at risk than others. Among children, almost 90% of cycling fatalities are boys as of 2013 reports from Safe Kids Worldwide, an advocacy organization for minimizing dangers that children face.
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