Our car accident lawyers understand that being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience. It is even scarier if your children are in the car with you. Whether they are in a booster seat or sitting in the passenger seat, kids are prone to injury in the event of an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children across the country. Children that do survive a car accident can still suffer severe injuries.
The most common injuries suffered by children during a car accident include:
- Head injuries, namely concussions
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Organ injury
Children may also suffer an array of cuts, bruises, and head fractures in a car accident, even if they are secured in a car seat. Given their small size and stature, younger children have vulnerable heads and necks, and the impact of the crash can result in devastating injuries to these parts of the body. Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous of all car accidents, leaving children of all ages at risk of injury.
Protecting Your Children From Car Accident Injuries
There are steps you can take to protect your children in the event of an accident. The most important step is ensuring your child is secured in an age appropriate car seat, booster sear, or seat belt. The CDC reports that car seats reduce the risk of injury to infants by 71 percent and the risk to toddlers by 54 percent. Booster seats will reduce the risk of injury to older children by some 45 percent. For older children, seat belt use reduces the risk of injury and death in half.
Children should always be located in the second row of seats. Studies show that children are safest in the back seats in the event of a front or side impact crash. Children in the front seat are far more likely to be injured than those safely secured in the back seat.
In the event you are involved in a car accident with your child in the car, it is imperative that you seek medical attention for you and your child right away. Children have growing bodies and skeletons, making any injuries potentially serious. Have your child looked at by a licensed medical professional to assess for any injuries. Your next step is consulting with an experienced automobile accident attorney. Your attorney can assist you in evaluating whether you may have a viable action against the at fault driver responsible for your child's injuries.
Children injured in automobile accidents may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries sustained during the accident. Potential recovery includes coverage for medical expenses, ongoing care costs, pain and suffering, and more.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Over 130 Years of Collective Experience
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or traffic accident in South Florida, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are here to help. Our exceptional firm offers over 130 collective years of experience representing personal injury accident victims across South Florida. Our dedicated lawyer staff provides legal representation of unmatched excellence, evidenced by our array of awards. We received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and are ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.