A new study published in Accident Analysis & Prevention (a professional trade journal) found that over 600 kids were injured in bike accidents every day in The United States. On a more local level, that translates into hundreds of children injured in bicycle accidents in New York City every year. A significant portion of those accidents involve kids being hit by automobiles while riding in NYC.
When a child is thrown from a bike, their natural reflex is to extend their arms to brace for impact. Unfortunately, the G-forces involved in these types of bicycle accidents are simply too much for small muscles to overcome. In 11% of these cases, a more serious type of upper body injury was noted: traumatic brain injury. When a child is struck by an automobile in New York City-even if they are wearing a bicycle helmet at the time-their risk of serious, debilitating, or life-threatening injury to the brain is huge. Even minor concussions can have serious side effects in young children. Indeed, one recent study found the risk of long term developmental setbacks to be extremely high in children who suffer Post-Concussion Syndrome for more than a few days after their initial injury. If you even suspect a child has a concussion, your child should immediately seek medical attention.
Many children who are injured in bicycle accidents in New York City spend at least some time in the hospital. That expense can be very costly. That is why it is important to consult with a competent personal injury attorney immediately, so that the application for no fault benefits can be properly filed with the vehicle’s insurance company. Regardless of fault, the insurance must pay for your child’s medical expenses. In addition, you can seek financial damages for those injuries on behalf of your child.
If you or your child has been injured by a negligent motorist, contact an experienced New York City bicycle accident attorney to protect your rights. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now for your free consultation.