One way to prevent personal injuries is to have your child wear a helmet at all times when participating in any wheeled activity such as riding an ATV or bicycle. Safe Kids USA reports that helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent, when worn properly. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disablement among children, and as many as 3,000 children suffer die from brain injuries, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign.
When fitting a helmet for your child, make sure it fits snuggly and close to the head. The chinstrap should be tight to the chin without causing pain, in order to prevent the helmet from sliding back behind the head. The helmet should stay in place regardless of body movement. Never buy a helmet that is too large, with the thought that a child can grow into it. Buy a snug-fitting helmet and replace it as your child grows. If there are gaps between the child’s head and the helmet, the helmet cannot protect properly. Also make sure that the helmet does not obstruct vision, especially peripheral vision.
Our Toledo, Ohio, personal injury attorneys urge parents to wear their helmets and to teach their children how to protect themselves. Not only should children wear a helmet to prevent personal injury, they should always use sidewalks and never ride in the road. Stay visible to drivers backing out of driveways, and never weave in and out of traffic on an ATV or bicycle. If parents allow their children to ride on an ATV, they should be supervised at all times to avoid personal injury from an ATV accident. Children are more likely to rollover or lose control of large, heavy ATVs, due to their small size and weight.