Two nearly simultaneous vehicle-bicycle crashes injured two children in Las Vegas, according to recent reports. The accidents were unrelated, but coincidentally happened within a few minutes of each other.
The first crash occurred at Pollock Drive and Pyle Avenue when a car struck a juvenile, injuring the child’s ankle. The young victim was transported to a local hospital. There is no word on the child’s condition but the injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Three minutes later, another report came in of a juvenile who was injured in a second vehicle-bike crash on Washington Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. That victim was also transported to a local hospital with arm injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.
While the Las Vegas Police Department reports that accidents involving vehicle and pedestrians are down so far for 2014 when compared to previous years, summer vacation is about to start, which means more children will be out on the roads during all hours of the day.
So far in 2014, there have been 10 pedestrian fatalities and no bicycle fatalities, according to Las Vegas Police Department statistics. In 2013, there were one bicycle and 22 pedestrian fatalities and in 2012 there were 17 pedestrians and one bicyclist killed on Las Vegas streets.
Children and adolescents make up about 60 percent of the injuries seen in emergency rooms for bicycle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, adults over 45 and adolescents 15-24 are most likely to die in bicycle accidents. Males have a higher rate of death and injury than females in all groups.
Children are a prime target for bicycle accidents for several reasons. First, children tend to be more impulsive than adults and may fail to watch out for vehicles before attempting to cross the street on a bicycle. Second, children are smaller and may be less visible than adults to passing motorists. This is particularly true when a child darts out from between parked cars. Finally, many motorists fail to watch out for bicycles because they believe that bicyclists should be the ones to use caution.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to protect your rights. Contact Sam Harding, a Las Vegas personal injury attorney, to learn more about how to protect yourself after a bicycle crash.