Hundreds of children hurt on bicycles each day

By |2022-01-05T19:38:10+00:00June 29th, 2018|

The greater Los Angeles area and Southern California in general is a great place for children to ride a bicycle, especially in the summer months when school is not in session.

However, a recent study, which was reported in local news outlets, highlighted the huge problem both California and the rest of the country have with bicycle safety, particularly with respect to minor children who tend to use their bicycles as their primary means of transportation.

The study found that between 2006 and 2015, 2.2 million children between 5 and 17 had to make a trip to the emergency room because of a bicycle accident. This means that every day, over 600 kids are going to the hospital because of bicycle accidents.

Of these injuries, almost 50 percent involved tweens and children in their early teens, that is, those who need to get around more than younger children but who are too young to drive. While not all of the total injuries reported were significant enough to be life-altering, over 10 percent of them involved a traumatic brain injury.

Granted, not all of these injuries were the fault of a passing motorist or other person. Still, many accidents happen because the driver of a car is not watching out for bicyclists or is not giving a bicyclist on the road the respect he or she deserves.

If another motorist who is not paying attention or is driving carelessly hits a young bicyclist, then the victim or the victim’s family, as the case may be, will have legal options available to them. One of these options is filing a claim for damages against the negligent driver in order to recover financial compensation for the family’s losses.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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