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Teaching Your Kids Safety: How to Prevent Vancouver Bicycle Injuries

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

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9/14/2013
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Vancouver bicycle injuries can range from the mild and annoying, like scraped knees and elbows, to the awful and life changing—head injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, and severe fractures.

As a parent—and someone who has recently been hurt in a bike accident or who knows someone who fell—you want to convey best safety practices to your kids. However, this is tricky business! After all, as you already know, you cannot control kids as if they were marionettes. They have their own personalities and proclivities. You cannot be there to watch their every move.

With that being said, following are three concrete steps you can take, right now, to reduce the chances that they will suffer serious Vancouver bicycle injuries.

1. Train them to “suit up” before every bike outing.

Bike safety is a habit. Hopefully, you already insist that your kids wear helmets. Do you also insist that they wear bright, reflective clothing? Do you make sure that they do a “safety check” before pedaling out of the driveway? Have you drawn up house rules about how to approach traffic, when to bike, and how to deal with wet or slippery weather?

You do not need to be stern about the safety habits, but you do need to be consistent. In fact, if you can turn safety into a game, or at least a challenge, you will be more likely to elicit long-term cooperation—not just cooperation when they are within your field of view.

2. Observe and make changes based on experience.

Some kids are more safety conscious than others are. That is fine.

No teacher is better than experience.

If you observe your children driving recklessly or taking off their helmets “because it’s hot out,” act decisively. Find and address the root problem. Experience, observation, and flexible adaptation will help you make them safer.

3. Be alert, if they start hanging out with other kids who are reckless.

Although your kids look up to you, peer pressure is an incredibly powerful force.

If your kids start hanging out with reckless kids—the kind who never wear helmets and who do crazy, dangerous tricks—do what you can to limit those kids' influence.

Are you looking for a Vancouver bike injury attorney? If so, please call the McComb Witten team at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free, confidential consultation about your legal options. Vancouver bike accident clients might also benefit from reading our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.



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