Springfield Missouri Bicycle Injuries and Kids

The single biggest thing you can do to reduce serious injury among children riding bikes, skateboards, Rollerblades and similar wheeled products?

Make sure your kids wear a helmet every time they ride.

Springfield Missouri Bicycle Injuries and Kids

Here are some pretty interesting stats from Safekids.org that back this up.

Bicycle, Rollerblade and Skateboard Safety

Key Facts:

• Each year, approximately 140 children are killed as bicyclists.
• Children sustain more than 275,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries each year.
• Nearly 690 children are injured daily due to bicycle-related crashes.
• A total of 251,366 total child bicyclist injuries were recorded in 2005.
• An estimated 14,000 youth bicyclists were injured involving a motor vehicle in 2005.
• More than 70 percent of children ages 5 to 14 ride a bicycle regularly.
• National estimates report that bicycle helmet use among child bicyclists ranges from 15 percent to 25 percent.
• Apart from the automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product.

Wheeled Sports Safety

Each year, children between the ages of 0-14 years, sustain an estimated 38,155 roller skating injuries and represent 57 percent of all rollerblading/in-line skating injuries. Each year, there are approximately 61,000 injuries to children involving skateboards. In 2004, an estimated number of 18,743 head injuries were treated in emergency rooms due to skateboarding.

When and Where

53 percent of children (16 years and under) are killed bicycling on minor roads (connecting roads and neighborhood streets) compared to 46 percent killed bicycling on major roads (high-volume roads across cities and towns). For motor vehicle-related bicycle crashes, 69 percent of child bicyclist deaths occur during warmer months (May – October). 58 percent of child bicyclist deaths occur at non-intersection locations. 70 percent of deaths occur between 2-8 p.m.


It has been estimated that 75 percent of fatal head injuries among child bicyclists could have been prevented with a bicycle helmet. Children are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash than older riders (15 years and older). Males account for 82 percent of bicycle-related deaths. Males make up 70 percent of nonfatal injuries among children. More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport.

Proven Interventions

Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries, and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually. Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent. Various studies show that bicycle helmet legislation is effective in increasing bicycle helmet use and reducing bicycle-related death and injury among children covered under the law.

One study showed that within the five years of passage of a state mandatory bicycle helmet law for children ages 13 and under, bicycle-related fatalities decreased by 60 percent. Police enforcement increases the effectiveness of these laws.

Go to one of the great local bike shops here in Springfield and pick up a helmet for your kids, grand kids, nieces and nephews.  They make a great Holiday gift.  Another thing that you can do is work to promote recognized bike lanes here in Springfield, Missouri.  We need more driver awareness and bikes lanes help.

If you or someone you love have been injured in a Missouri bicycle accident with a motor vehicle and the accident was not your fault, you may have a right to recover compensation for injury including pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages due to missed work and your medical bills. Victims of personal injury and the surviving family of wrongful death victims often have a difficult time choosing an attorney. Many personal injury firms handle a large volume of cases, treating clients as just one of many at The Krebs Law Firm L.L.C., we take a personal approach with our clients.

Many people may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a personal injury attorney when they were injured by a bicycle accident but we only handle accident cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation today.