Does the idea of your teen operating a motorcycle fill you with dread? As parents, we understand this dread because we feel the same way. Like you, we want to protect our children and keep them safe from harm. While we all can forbid our kids to ride motorcycles, this could cause rebellion and risky behaviors that may increase their odds of injury. So, what is a parent to do when their child just wants to ride?
Each family is different and will no doubt use different methods to teach kids safety and responsibility. However, one thing we can probably all agree on is the importance of education about motorcycle safety as well as motorcycle accidents in general. When we take steps to make certain our Wisconsin youths understand the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle, we can take away some of the motorcycle accident risks they would otherwise face.
One of the things we recommend as injury attorneys and as parents is enrolling your teen in a rider education program. There are several options available in the Milwaukee region, each of them listed on the state’s website. This will give your child riding skills that will keep them safer on the road. You can also help your teen by monitoring their progress and limiting their riding hours.
Unfortunately, you will also need to educate your teen about the negligence other vehicle operators might exhibit. Teach them the warning signs of drunk and distracted driving and make sure they understand how dangerous motorcycle accidents can be. While it is certainly possible to hold a negligent driver responsible for your teen’s motorcycle crash, it is always better to help them avoid road risks whenever possible.
We urge you to explore our website to learn more about the legal remedies available for victims of motorcycle accidents. If you have any safety tips for other parents with young bike riders, feel free to share them in the comment section.