On the evening of June 12, a sports utility vehicle hit a 12 year old boy riding his bike, launching the boy at least 10 yards from the place of impact. The boy was identified as Jaylyn Jackson, and was taken by helicopter ambulance to Children’s Medical Center, where he is still in critical condition.
Luckily, a nurse was nearby and able to stabilize the boy until he could be transported to the hospital. The accident was made worse by the fact that the young boy was not wearing a helmet.
It appears that the accident occurred because the boy did not yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. No charges have been filed against the female driver at this time.
No accident is more upsetting than one in which a child is so seriously injured. In the case of bicycle and motorcycle accidents, wearing a helmet can make the difference between life and death, injuries that will heal quickly and injuries that will last a lifetime. If you have children, don’t assume that just because they have a helmet, that they will wear it. Make sure you are enforcing your helmet rules whenever you can, so when you are not around, hopefully your children will make the same smart decisions.
Also, teach your children the rules of the road. Make sure that they understand that even if they have the right of way, they should not always assume that drivers will yield it. Practice safe riding and walking to keep your kids safe.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian, bicycle, or motor vehicle accident, our attorneys can help you. No one expects to be in an accident, and of course you are left with questions and few answers. Whether you have questions about your insurance, your medical bills, or any other aspect of your accident, contact an attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP today. We can get you the immediate answers and help that you need.