How to teach your child important bicycle skills

OTTAWA INJURY LAWYER  — As Ottawa personal injury lawyers we frequently come across individuals who were injured in car accidents, slip and falls or in a workplace situation, but often the most heartbreaking cases are those that involve injured children.  While we can’t protect our children from every harm, we should do all we can to help prevent situations in which they can get seriously injured.  Bicycle safety is an important area that can help save your child from being unnecessarily injured.  As parents, there are a few simple things you can do to help your child avoid accidents and injuries while riding their bicycle.

While it may seem obvious, teaching your child how to ride in a straight line is very important.  Riding a bicycle can be difficult at first and riding it in a straight line can be even tougher!  Before you let your child ride off with their friends, make sure that you are confident (and so are they) that they can consistently ride in a straight line.  If they can ride in a straight line, they will be better able to stay out of the way of other vehicles and pedestrians.  To teach this to your child, take them to a quiet park or empty parking lot where there is plenty of room and few obstacles.  Stand a short distance away from your child and have them ride towards you in a straight line.  Have them practice this several times, and if you want, you can gradually increase the distance they have to ride to reach you.

Another important skill for you to teach your child is how to turn.  This can be a difficult skill for beginner cyclists so it may take some time for your child to be able to successfully turn while riding their bike.  To teach your child how to effectively turn, take your child to an empty parking lot or cul-de-sac and have them practice riding in a figure-eight pattern.  At first it will be easier for your child to ride in a larger pattern, but over time you can challenge them to make the figure-eights smaller, thus allowing them to practice tighter turns.

Once your child has mastered these basic cycling skills, you can teach them more advanced, but very important, skills such as looking back without swerving.  It is important for cyclists to look behind them before making a left-hand turn, but while doing so, they must continue to ride in a straight line.  You can practice this with your child by once again taking them to an empty parking lot or park and have them ride past you.  As they ride past, hold up a picture of a car or hide the picture behind your back.  Tell them to look back and tell you if they have seen the car.  This exercise will teach your child to look back and assess the situation without swerving.

One last skill you should teach your child is braking control.  It can take time to learn how much pressure to put on the brake and to learn how long it will take to stop before reaching an obstacle.  It can be difficult for a child to judge the distance between themselves and an obstacle and to then break in time.  To practice proper braking techniques with your child, draw a line on your driveway or in an empty parking lot and have your child practice riding towards the line and then stopping right before it.  You can have them approach the line at varying speeds so that they learn how to properly brake in different situations.

Before you let your kids ride their bicycles with their friends outside of your supervision, make sure that they have mastered these few important skills.  By equipping your child with essential bicycle skills, you have done your part to help prevent bicycle accidents and injuries.  Nonetheless, if you or your child has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may benefit from speaking with a personal injury lawyer.  An Ontario injury lawyer can assess your case and help you with any legal proceedings you may be able to pursue.  The personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be happy to discuss your case with you.

Ottawa lawyers launch NO FEE FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are delighted to announce the launch of their exciting new program, NO FEE FOR KIDS.  Read all about this community initiative to help injured children after a car accident here.

Ottawa Accident: Rear Facing Car Seats for Toddlers

Ottawa Lawyer: When my kids were babies, I could not wait until they reached 20 pounds so I could switch them into the front facing car seat.  I felt it was easier to keep an eye on them since I was always convinced that they might be choking or otherwise in danger.

For both my boys, that was well before their first birthdays.  Today there is a movement a foot to have the regulations changed to ensure toddlers face the rear for much longer than is currently required.

I was skeptical until I saw this Swedish public service video on You Tube:

Why wouldn’t we err on the side of caution and keep our toddlers as safe as technology permits?

Ottawa Kids in Serious Car Accidents- Ottawa Lawyer

Ottawa Kids in Serious Car Accidents- Ottawa Lawyer

No child should die or be injured in an Ottawa motor vehicle accident that was preventable.  This is the goal of the creators of  The website presents personal stories, videos and experiences providing  a very useful resource to find out what to pay attention to when it comes to your child’s safety:

If you have a question about your Ontario child’s accident claim, contact an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  At Auger Hollingsworth the lawyers are parents first.  We would be pleased to answer your questions.  Call 613 233-4529 or email [email protected].

Ontario Child Injury Claim Lawyer| Settlement

Ontario Child’s Accident Claim | Getting Court Approval

All settlements of cases involving minors (or others under a legal disability) require court approval. This is to protect the child to ensure:

  1. The settlement appears appropriate relative to the injury and precedent cases; and
  2. The legal fees and expenses charged by your child’s lawyer are fair and appropriate in the circumstances.

An experienced Ontario child personal injury lawyer knows what steps to take to ensure that the proper approval of the settlement is obtained.  Need help with your child’s injury claim?  Contactus at 613 233-4529 or by email at [email protected]

Lawyer: Negligence Causing Personal Injury to Ontario Children

Negligence Causing Personal Injury to Ontario Children

Here are examples of negligence that could result in injuries to your child.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The driver of the car driving the child did any of the following:

  • Unsafe or illegal left turn.
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic light.
  • Losing control by speeding or driving too fast for the road conditions.
  • Rear-ending another vehicle.
  • Driving while distracted, either by the kids, a cell phone, food, applying make up, etc….
  • Impaired driving of any type.
  • Failure to put your child safety system improperly.
  • Having flying object inside the car.
  • Failure to properly maintain the car.
  • Tailgating
  • Driving in poor visibility, or poor weather.
  • Dangerous passing.
  • Hitting a pedestrian or cyclist.

A lawyer will have to review with you the facts of the motor vehicle accident which injured your child. Keep in mind, the driver does not have to be charged for these negligent acts to “stick”.

Other injuries:

  • Unsafe, unbarricaded swimming pool.
  • Failure to clear ice and snow from a walkway.
  • Unsafe play structure.
  • Failure to supervise at school, camp, nursery school or a friend’s house.
  • Failure to properly screen teachers or other adults or teens working with your child.
  • Failure to properly store knives, medication or fire arms.
  • Failure to maintain the schoolyard.
  • Failure to put an appropriately-size a life jacket on your child in a water craft.
  • Unsafe driving of a water craft.
  • Unsafe amusement park rides.

There are countless other circumstances where someone might be held negligent for causing injuries to your child. Consult a lawyer to see if your child has legal merit.

Ottawa Child Injury Lawyer | Accident Claim

Ottawa Child Injury Lawyer | Accident Claim

Why do Ottawa personal injury lawyers  Auger Hollingsworth have separate pages for personally injured children?

  1. In many ways, a child’s accident claim is treated differently than an adult accident claim by the law and by the insurance companies. Our Injured Children’s Pages highlight these differences.
  2. As parents ourselves, we know you are looking for resources to help you cope with your child’s future after a serious accident. Our Injured Children’s Pages collect important resources for child accident victims in one, easy to find spot.
  3. As the parent of an injured child, your time is precious. The Injured Children’s Pages are abbreviated so you can quickly get an overview of what a claim for compensation involves.
  4. We highlight child accident prevention. Handling cases for child accident victims motivates our personal injury lawyers to provide important consumer information on product safety, traffic safety and accident avoidance. This information is highlighted in the Injured Children’s Pages.

If your child has been injured, please read the Injured Children’s Pages carefully and then telephone an experienced lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 or email [email protected]

Ontario Child Injury Lawyer

Has your Child Been Injured in an Accident?

General Information About Your Child’s Personal Injury

Ottawa Lawyer — If your child has been injured in an Ottawa accident, you need personal injury lawyers committed to representing children to ensure your child has the financial compensation needed to maximize recovery.

Ottawa personal injury lawyers, Auger Hollingsworth, recognize that protecting your child’s rights requires special knowledge and skill. We have the information you need to know about your child’s injury.

Examples of some child accident cases we handle:

  • Child car accidents
  • Child cycling accidents
  • Child pedestrian accidents
  • Injuries at school
  • Injuries on the school bus
  • Injuries at day care
  • Slips and falls by children
  • Boating or other watercraft injuries
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • A complete list

Must-Read Articles re: Children’s Personal Injury

Ottawa personal injury lawyers, Auger Hollingsworth, represent injured children in Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Cornwall, Napanee, Metcalfe, Nepean, Kanata, Arnprior, Almonte, Eganville, Renfrew, Kingston, Hawksbury, L’Orignal, Alfred, North Bay, Toronto and many other Ontario locations.  Contact us by telephone at 613 233-4529 or [email protected]

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