Riding a bicycle provides children with an excellent method of transportation and outdoor activity they may enjoy with friends. However, many children suffer major injuries while riding their bikes because of other individuals’ careless actions. Every year there are an average of 247 traumatic brain injury deaths and 140,000 head injuries among children in the United States.
If another person’s negligence results in your child’s bicycle accident injuries, speak with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe and learn about your potential legal options. The medical costs and other damages your child suffers because of their behavior should not be dismissed. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience fiercely fighting on behalf of clients and will do everything in our power to recover the compensation and justice your child deserves.
5 Tips for Parents to Protect Their Kids From Bicycle Accidents
While parents cannot completely prevent their children from accidents, there are numerous ways to reduce the likelihood of life-threatening injuries. Consider the following five bicycle safety tips recommended by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for parents:
- Wear a properly-fitted helmet
- Ride in the bike lane or right side of the road when possible (unless the child is 12 and under or the bicycle’s wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter)
- Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road
- Wear bright colors, reflectors, and lights
- Ride with your children until you believe they are ready to ride independently
As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to shield your children from any and all harm. Unfortunately, even if your child is following all the proper safety precautions and is an experienced rider, they can still encounter a life-threatening accident. To recover the compensation and justice your child deserves, speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
How to Handle the Aftermath of a Child Bicycle Accident
After your child suffers a bicycle accident, a million thoughts and emotions are running through your head. From fear to worry to anger, you may be unsure which to handle first. Remaining calm and taking a breath is extremely important for both your child and your well-being.
Once you can confirm your child’s safety or ensure they are receiving medical attention, you will want to file an accident report and contact your lawyer. When you speak with an honest lawyer, you gain a solid support system of legal professionals who will advocate on behalf of your child and will allow you to place your full attention on your child’s recovery. Some of the primary ways a lawyer will assist your child’s bicycle accident claim include the following:
- Answering questions relating to your child’s bicycle accident claim
- Reviewing any potential issues within the claim
- Establishing the other party or parties’ negligence
- Communicating with insurance companies
- Negotiating potential settlement offers
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your child’s accident
- Analyzing information and case-related legal documents
Parents have to file a claim against the negligent party in New York within two years of the child’s accident. The sooner you speak with our lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, the more time our team has to determine who is responsible and collect evidence showcasing their behavior.
Speak With the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe for an Experienced Child Bicycle Accident Lawyer
When handling a child’s bicycle accident, you don’t want to deal with unresponsive and unmotivated lawyers. Our Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe team takes pride in offering our clients honest, responsive, and trustworthy legal counsel. We understand how stressful and challenging the bicycle accident injury process is and will thoroughly investigate your child’s accident to gather the necessary evidence and documentation.
With over 100 years of combined experience fighting for New York residents, you can count on our representation and feel comfortable expressing your concerns. We are passionate about providing accessible legal information through our YouTube channel and would love to hear from you. Call (516) 358-6900 or complete our contact form to speak with one of our team members today.
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