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Riding With a Child on Back of a Bicycle

For a parent, keeping a high mounted child safe while traversing the roads on a bicycle is paramount. Most of our attorneys are also parents. So we set up this site in order to give adults and caretakers a better idea of child safety when riding. So it covers both safety, prevention, and trauma care. Enjoy your stay. Also, please read this valuable information by a serious injury law firm.

Low Center of Gravity Child Safety Carrier for a Bicycle
Child bicycle trailer.

Using a Child Safety Seat?

Once you’ve secured an approved child safety seat on the back of your bicycle and you’ve properly equipped your child with a snug-fitting helmet, you’re ready to hit the trails of Orange County in Orange, Huntington Beach, and Santa Margarita.

Child Riding High.

Riding with a child high on the back of a bicycle, rather than in tow (See picture on the left), is very dangerous, no matter how many precautions you take and is a known cause of many childhood injuries.

Straddle the Bike When Loading and Unloading the Child.

When you place your child on the back of a two-wheeler, or when you are taking them off, be sure to straddle the bike and stabilize it with your legs slowing or stopped. Trusting the kickstand to keep the bike up is a mistake. The kickstand is only meant to support the weight of the bicycle (about 20 lbs. or less on average) and not the additional weight of your child.

Stabilization can be difficult for shorter parents and care givers. Take additional precautions or get assistance when placing your child in the bike seat. Also, be careful when stopping and starting back out. Never “burn rubber” from a stopped position.  Always take off slowly.

Peddle Slow When First Riding Away.

If you’ve never ridden with a child on the back of the bike, take some time and start slowly. Get used to the additional weight before you set out on longer rides.

Don’t Have Kids Wear Loose Fitting Clothes.

Finally, avoid dressing your children in loose fitting clothes like scarves, mufflers, and don’t let them play with anything while riding on the back. The last thing you want to have happen is a toy or juice cup getting caught in the wheel or having your child reach into the spokes for something he or she has dropped and then to suffer wrongful death of a child.

Use Only Paved Trails When a Kid is On Your Bike.

Stick to the paved trails while riding with a child on the bike prevent bike injuries to children. Going off-trail will make for a bumpy ride and can cause injury to your child from the jostling and jarring they will be subject to.

Don’t Ride at Night.

Finally, avoid riding at night with a child on the back. You are more likely to be involved in a collision while riding at dusk and evenings.

If You Are Hurt, After the Hospital, Contact a Lawyer for Injuries.

When injured while riding a bike in Orange County or LA, contact experienced fluke mischance on a velocipede lawyers, by calling 1-888-400-9721. Ehline Law are recognized champions in obtaining monumental and decisive outcomes for those marred by setbacks while journeying on recreational transports.

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