Lawsuits and Settlements for Children Injured in Bicycle Accidents
Chris Davis rode his bike to school every day. His wife Mischelle recalls that she and her friends spent most of the summer riding bikes around their neighborhood. Like parents throughout Washington, Chris and Mischelle were thrilled the day their son learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels—he’s been on the go ever since.
Kids ride their bicycles everywhere. They ride bikes to school, to their friends' houses, everywhere. Despite the fact that children on bicycles are a common sight on the neighborhood streets in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and all around the Puget Sound area drivers of motor vehicles who cause child bicycle accidents frequently claim that they didn't see the victim.
The team at Davis Law Group know that these accidents are caused by negligence, and we hold drivers accountable for the injuries to children their negligence causes.
Legal Challenges in Child Bicycle Accident Claims
When the adult driver of a vehicle hits a child on a bicycle, the excuse is always the same: They didn't see the bike rider. In bicycle accident cases involving children, drivers and their insurance companies often place additional blame on the child.
The driver will say that the child, an inexperienced bike rider in most cases, was not paying attention or following the rules of the road. In some cases, this may be true; however it doesn't mean that there are no grounds for a legal case against the driver. It doesn’t mean that the driver or their insurance company should not pay for the child’s medical treatment.
Even if a child is partially responsible for the collision, we can still take action against the negligent driver. The driver has a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and prevent accidents. In many cases, the driver was given additional warnings, such as school zone signs, that should have put them on alert to watch for children on bicycles. No matter how challenging a case may seem, our goal remains the same: to get compensation for the victim.
Best Choice Attorney For Bicycle Accidents Involving Children
Attorney Chris Davis is widely considered to be the best choice for parents seeking legal assistance with their child’s bicycle accident case. Davis is the author of Little Kids Big Accidents: What Every Parent Should Know About Children & Accidents. He is also the author of Wheels of Justice: The Essential Guide to Bicycle Accident Law in Washington State. Davis offers both of these books, free of charge, to the parents of children who were injured in bicycle accidents.
Child Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to SafeKids USA:
- Fifty percent of U.S. children between 5 and 14 years old own a bicycle helmet.
- Only 25 percent of children where a helmet every time they ride a bicycle.
- Over 250,000 children are injured in bicycle accidents each year.
- Approximately 100 kids are killed in bicycle accidents every year.
- Over 600 children are injured every day due to bicycle-related crashes.
- Twelve percent of child bicycle accident victims are under the age of 4.
- Approximately 27 percent of kids injured in bike accidents are between the age of 5 and 9.