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Child Struck, Seriously injured by car in Fort Lauderdale

December 29, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that a 5-year-old boy was seriously injured yesterday as he was struck by a car while riding his bike. Another boy was riding on the handlebars of the bike, but he was not injured. The boy was transported to Broward General Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

According to the NHTSA, in 2005, 784 people were killed while riding their bicycles. 25% of these fatalities involved children under the age of 14. Between May 27 and June 17 alone, one hospital treated 10 children hit by cars. Half of those were critically injured and three more had broken bones or internal injuries. According to Safekids.org, each year, approximately 630 child pedestrian fatalities occur. Additionally, children sustain more than 39,000 nonfatal pedestrian injuries each year.

Attorney Joseph Maus suggests the following to ensure the safety of children riding a bicycle:

1. Make sure they ALWAYS wear a proper fitting helmet
2. Adjust their bicycles to fit- There should be 1 to 2 inches between the child and the top tube bar.
3. Make sure that the tires are inflated and the brakes work
4. Ensure that they wear florescent and neon colors as well as something reflects light
5. Keep them on the sidewalk at all times
6. Do not leave small children unsupervised

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