What to Do if Your Child Is Hit While Riding a Bike?
The day that we remove the training wheels and watch our little ones soar on their bicycle is a milestone for parents and kids alike. Yet, most parents remain concerned about the risks associated with bike riding, especially for their children. Small bodies and tender heads make for severe, sometimes fatal injuries when a child is hit by a vehicle while on their bicycle. If your child is in a bike accident in Austin, try to stay calm and take the following steps to help you through this difficult time:
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Your child’s health is your top priority. You may or may not have been with him or her when the accident occurred. Regardless of your presence, and regardless of whether your child got up and walked away from the accident, he or she needs to go to your local emergency department immediately. Head traumas including traumatic brain injuries create the most potential issues for children in bicycle accidents. Broken bones can be set and will heal eventually, traumatic brain injuries may cause problems for life. Oftentimes, symptoms from head traumas are not immediately apparent. By seeking immediate medical attention, a doctor can take the necessary X-rays, scans, and tests to see what is happening.
Gather As Much Evidence as Possible
Adult drivers have a legal obligation to drive carefully and not harm others with whom they share the road. If your child was hit by a driver, you might be eligible to recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages for missing work to care for your child. Yet, making these claims require evidence. If you can, the following categories of evidence may be critical:
- If the police have not been notified, you need to call the police and file a report as soon as possible. At some point make sure to get a copy of the report, but your lawyer can help you later on with this, if necessary.
- Get as much information from the driver as possible including name, license plate, car make and model, and insurance carrier.
- If the police have not arrived at the scene of the accident and there are witnesses, take down as much information as possible including name, phone number, license plate, make and model of car, or anything else that the witness might share.
- Take photos of the accident scene, the damage, your child’s bike, your child’s injury and any other photographic evidence that you think might be useful to your lawyer.
Hire a Skilled Austin Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle accidents in Texas are complex legal cases that require an experienced attorney, especially when children are involved. You need to be focused on helping your child recover from his or her injuries or working through your grief of this tragic time. Contact the compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of George Salinas today by confidential email, or give us a call at (512) 851-1004 for your free consultation.