Drivers have a responsibility to remain vigilant, especially in residential neighborhoods where they know young children are riding on bicycles. It is also good to discuss with kids the importance of assuming drivers will not necessarily do the right thing to prevent a car accident. In this video, attorney Julie Braman Kane explains four important bicycle safety tips for kids.
It’s very important for drivers who are driving near children to be especially careful, and for children on the road, it’s always critical. Make sure your child wears a helmet. Make sure your child knows the rules of the road. If you’re letting a child go out and bicycle without you, without adult supervision, be sure they understand that they have to stay in their bike lane and to avoid vehicles. And despite the fact that they may think they have the right of way, those cars are awfully big and they should be very careful. We have a special obligation. When we see a child, give them room. Make them space, and don’t predict that they’re going to do the same thing that an adult would do. The roads are shared and we have to be careful.
When accidents happen, we’ll investigate them and identify the full areas of responsibility and if there is a way to help, we’re happy to help. If you let your kids ride their bikes in the neighborhood, teach them always to yield to the car. Even though it’s the car’s obligation, it’s not the child or the biker’s obligation, you have to be aware that a car may not do the exact right thing. Sometimes a car in an area where they’re very familiar, will roll through a stop sign, will sort of slow down rather than completely stop, and you don’t want your child to be the victim of that.
When accidents happen with children in their home neighborhoods, it’s especially tragic. Very often the driver knows the child. The driver is even more impacted. And in those cases they’re so hard to manage. One of the things that we’re very careful to do is help children who are injured or bicyclists who are injured obtain their full value of compensation. And that requires us to look at all the different avenues of recovery. That could include the driver. It could include the vehicle. It could include the neighborhood or the road design. But it’s so important for children to be especially vigilant and to be taught to be especially vigilant. To reach an attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson, please call us at 305-476-7400. Or you can find us on the web at Colson.com.