Bicycle Safety Tips | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog
Ninety-four Orange County children recently received bicycles at the 12th annual Wheels 4 Kids event. The yearly event began in 2002 and was founded by City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan to give kids who live in the Reeves Terrace neighborhood an alternative mode of transportation to school after bus service to the neighborhood was suspended. Santa Claus joined Ms. Sheehan in giving out bikes this year, thanks to donations from many partners in the community and Walmart, who supplied the bikes to organizers at a discount. Olde Town Brokers donated locks and bike cables to the lucky recipients to protect their wheels.
Bicycle accident attorneys have always encouraged parents to insist that their children wear helmets when riding their bikes to protect them when they wipe out or are struck by motorized vehicles. A recent study conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics clearly shows how important helmets are in saving kids lives. The objective of the study was to determine the correlation between bicycle helmet laws and bicycle accident-related deaths sustained by children struck by cars. Florida has a bike helmet law on the books, but parents don’t always enforce it with their kids.
Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham knows that more and more people are biking instead of driving to get around the area. With gas prices around $4 per gallon and prices projected to reach up to $5 per gallon sometime this summer, we can expect to see even more people choosing two rather than four wheels to get around. As more bicyclists compete with motorized vehicles on area roadways, Mr. Cunningham would like to remind riders about some safety tips to keep biking safe and fun for everyone. To that end, here are some things to keep in mind while you’re out biking in the coming months and years.