Avid bike riders are often eager to share their love of cycling with their young children and to get back on their bikes as a family. While bicycling can be a wonderful family activity, our Atlanta car accident lawyers recommend that you consider the possible dangers of an Atlanta bike crash and take the steps necessary to protect your child.

Regardless of whether you choose a bike seat or trailer, it is imperative that your child always wear a properly fitted helmet every time he or she gets on a bike. We also recommend that you speak to your child's pediatrician about whether your child is developmentally ready to go for a ride.

Bicycle Options for Infants and Toddlers

Beyond that, you generally have two choices about how to safely transport your infant or toddler on a bike. The pros and cons of each option are described below.

Bike Trailer: Bike trailers sit low to the ground and can be hard for cars to see. They are also wider than the bike which can put children in serious danger on Atlanta roads. That said, the trailer is lower to the ground than a bike, which may increase safety if you fall off the bike or have to stop suddenly.

If you choose to use a bike trailer, it is recommended that you have a bright flag on top of it and only ride in daylight so that motorists can see the trailer.

Child Seat: A child seat that is mounted on a parent's bike is another option. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that trailers are preferable to child seats because child seats can cause more significant injury to a child. If the bike falls over, the child is not low to the ground, nor is the child protected by the netting and stability of the wheels on a trailer.

What to Do if Your Child's Been Hurt in an Atlanta Bicycle Accident

Children can suffer significant injuries in a bike accident. If your child has been hurt in a bicycle crash, we encourage you to contact an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney today at 1.770.518.1133 for a free consultation about your child's rights and potential recovery.

*Source: Healthychildren.org Safety and Prevention: Baby on Board: Keeping Safe on a Bike, 5/17/11