child on bicycleOver a ten-year study, researchers have found that 2.2 million children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for bicycle related injuries; that is 25 children injured every hour according to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The study watched children from ages 5-17 for ten years. The age group with the most injuries were 10-14-year-olds.  This is the age group where children begin to not wear helmets. In Pennsylvania, you are not required to wear a bicycle helmet if you are over the age of 12; however, studies show wearing a helmet reduces injuries significantly.

The injuries that were most common were cuts, bruises, fractures, scrapes, and traumatic brain injuries which accounted for 11% of all injuries.

Researchers believe practicing bicycle safety should begin at home. They believe children will more likely wear a helmet if they see their parents wearing one. Setting a good example for safe bicycling is crucial when trying to avoid injuries.

As the temperatures rise across the area, so do the number of drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists on the road.  To avoid an accident and ensure safe travels for yourself and others, make sure you are alert and obey the rules of the road when bicycling.

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If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an bicycle accident, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights.  An attorney can help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us help you recover the compensation you need after an injury. Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Pittsburgh today.

Source: CBS Miami, “Study: 25 Kids Treated Every Hour For Bicycle-Related Injuries”

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