Bicycle Related Injuries in Florida and Beyond

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Each year thousands of children in Florida including Jacksonville are injured as a result of bicycle accidents. Drivers should always yield to a child on a bicycle. Slow down your vehicle. Yield to the child. Protect the child. Nationwide, more than 500,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year as a result of bicycle accidents. Over 700 people die as a result of bicycle accidents. Thousands of child suffer broken / fractured bones, extended hospital admissions, scarring and other injuries as a result of these accidents. Many of these accidents and deaths would be avoided with more safe and more attentive driving. Children are at high risk for injuries from bicycle accidents. In 2001, children 15 years and younger accounted for more than 50 % of all bicycle related injuries. Children who are injured in bicycle accidents should be seen immediately by a specialist. In Jacksonville, the pediatric emergency room is located at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Hospial. Nemours Children’s Clinic employs many specialists who can provide ongoing medical care subsequent to an accident including pediatric orthopedists. If you or someone you know has a child who was the victim in a bicycle related accident, it is helpful to have an attorney and, in many instances, an investigator in place to review the facts, take photographs / video tape, and interview witnesses. For more information on bicycle accidents, statistics, and safety, you can go to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control a site hosted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.