Helmets are the single best way to prevent injuries when bicycling, skateboarding, or rollerblading in and around Cape Coral. In fact, they can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent. Moreover, the majority of fatal bicycle crashes involving children (75 percent) could have been prevented with bicycle helmets.
However, as parents, we know that getting your child to consistently wear a helmet can be challenging. This is particularly true if the child notices that his or her peers are not doing the same. Children may also be more resistant as they get older. Children between the ages of 11 and 14 reportedly are least likely to use a bicycle helmet (11 percent).
With this in mind, we would like to share the following tips for getting your child to wear a helmet every time:
- Make it a habit from the first time your child rides a tricycle, bike or roller skates. Be sure he or she wears a helmet every time.
- Enforce the simple rule: “No helmet, No wheels.” Explain that riding on wheels can be fun but dangerous, too, and wearing a helmet can keep children from badly hurting their head.
- Let your child pick out the helmet so it is more likely to get worn.
- Wear one yourself. Remember: a child is more likely to wear a helmet when you do, too. Source: Safe Kids.
The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.