By Adam W. Pittman on June 16, 2016
Cory Watson Attorneys launched Helmets for Kids to encourage children to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. We provide free bicycle helmets for children, along with age-appropriate booklets encouraging bicycle safety and accident prevention.
Cory Watson Attorneys has teamed with Children’s of Alabama, Childcare Resources, United Way of Central Alabama and other organizations to distribute more than 2,000 bicycle helmets to children who need them.
From the time the training wheels come off, skinned knees, bumps, and bruises are just part of the learning curve as a child learns to ride a bike. Unfortunately, many serious accidents also occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 250,000 children are injured in bicycle-related crashes each year. Head injuries are among the most serious, and many of those injuries involve children who were not wearing helmets. Wearing a helmet has long been recognized as the single most important safety precaution a bicycle rider can take.
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Helmets are also recognized as an important tool in preventing head injury during tornadoes and other severe weather. Helmets can help prevent storm-related head injuries caused by flying debris. Staff at Children’s of Alabama recommend that families keep a helmet on hand for each family member to wear in addition to taking other precautions when there is a severe weather watch or warning.
The Helmets for Kids program is part of the firm’s Cory Watson Cares community initiative. Through Cory Watson Cares, the firm partners with local non-profit organizations that expand educational opportunities, raise awareness of injury prevention, improve the community and help people live healthier, safer and happier lives.