Child Automobile Accidents
HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT?
Motor vehicle injuries are the number one cause of death among children under the age of 12 — but many of these deaths could have been prevented. Of the children who died in crashes in 2014, 34 percent were not buckled up, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Of the 32,675 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2014, there were 1,070 children killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Nothing strikes at the heart of a parent more than when their child is injured, especially if it happens as a result of someone else’s negligence. Reckless, drunk, and distracted drivers are often at fault for car accidents that injure or fatally harm our loved ones. At Thomas J. Henry, we will fight to recover the financial compensation you need to address your child’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and mental anguish of your child and your family.
WHAT ARE THE TOP CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS?
- One of the most prevalent causes of car accidents in the United States, speeding was a contributing factor in at least 30 percent of the annual fatal crash total between 2003 and 2012.
- Drunk driving
- In 2014, there were 9,967 deaths in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – 31 percent of traffic-related deaths were caused by drunk driving. Sadly, our most vulnerable population is subject to the horrors of drunk driving, too. Nineteen percent of traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 involved a drunk driver.
- Distracted driving
- As the number of distracting devices in our lives increase, so do the number of distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving crashes lead to the deaths of 3,154 people in 2013. In addition, an estimated 424,000 people were injured in car crashes involving a distracted driver.
- Reckless driving
- A general disregard for traffic regulations and safety, intentional or accidental, is reckless driving. Failing to follow posted traffic signs, speed limits, or making unsafe lane changes are examples of reckless driving. Reckless driving can lead to serious injuries, property damage, and sometimes death.
Whether your child was injured in an accident involving another passenger vehicle, a company car, 18-wheeler, school bus, or garbage truck, we will seek the maximum amount of compensation possible. Our experienced injury attorneys will take immediate action on your case and ensure you are informed throughout the entire process.
TYPES OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A CAR ACCIDENT
There are many different injuries that can occur to children as a result of a car accident. These include:
- Soft tissue injuries, including whiplash
- Fractures and broken bones
- Lacerations, cuts, and scrapes
- Head and spinal cord injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Neck pain
- Chest injuries, including broken ribs
- Internal organ injuries
- Facial and jaw injuries
The severity of these injuries are oftentimes magnified if a child is not properly restrained in a child safety seat, car seat, booster seat, or regular lap and shoulder seat belt. Always be sure children are buckled up before starting your trip, no matter how long the distance.
Based on known restraint use, when the drivers were unrestrained in an accident, 70 percent of the children were also unrestrained in 2014. Maximize your own safety and be a good role model for your children — buckle up, too.
FIVE TIPS FOR KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN THE CAR
Parents and caretakers can take steps to help prevent child injuries in case the unthinkable happens. Child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Lap/shoulder seat belt usage reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat occupants age 5 years or older by 45 percent.
Here are 5 tips for keeping children safe while in the car:
- Every car, car seat, and booster seat have different installation instructions. Read the instruction manuals to ensure installation is done correctly.
- Always use the appropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to your child’s current size.
- Children should never be placed in rear facing child seats in front of an active passenger air bag.
- Keep children in the back seat until they turn 13 years old.
- Register your car seat or booster seat so you will be notified if the seat is subject to a safety recall.
Unfortunately, despite all of the safety precautions taken by parents, children can still suffer injuries in a car crash. If your child has been injured, contact an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer immediately.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
In 2014, Texas had the highest number of fatal child auto accident injuries in the United States with 148. If your child was severely injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys are experienced in handling automobile accidents, including those involving children. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and provide you with a free case review. Let us help you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve.