When it comes to vehicle accidents, your children should be the most important thing on your mind after you make sure you yourself are okay. Children are very susceptible to injury in crashes and half of all pediatric emergency room visits are related to vehicle accidents.
Types of Vehicle Accidents That Cause the Most Pediatric Damage
Side impact vehicle accidents caused children to suffer severe injuries to the head and thorax. Side impact collisions generally cause the head to snap to one side or the other, which in turn can cause the child’s head to hit the side window unless there are side airbags built into the car. If at any time your child hit their head during the accident, you child needs to go to the emergency room to rule out any signs of concussion.
Children in frontal vehicle accidents were more likely to suffer from severe injuries to the spine and muscles. In a frontal impact crash, the head and neck, which are generally not restrained, whip forward causing the spinal column to stretch and possibly fracture. Soft tissue injuries are common in vehicle accidents, so the child may experience some neck, back, and shoulder tightness afterward that should be evaluated by a physician.
Children in the front passenger seat, as opposed to the rear seats, faced more severe injuries overall. These included injuries to the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and muscles. Most children under 12 years of age and under 4 feet 9 inches tall should be seated in the back seat with at least a booster seat. If your child is younger than 12 but taller than 4 feet 9 inches, they should still be seating in the back but can sit there comfortably without a booster seat.
If your child has been injured in a vehicle accident, they have the same rights as you in order to receive compensation for their medical bills and pain and suffering. If your child was in a car crash, just know the statute of limitations on injury claims for children involved in vehicle accidents extends until the child has reached the age of 18. In addition, the newly 18-year-old victim can also file an injury claim for the car accident 3 years up to the date of incident.
The Advocates have knowledgeable attorneys who are experienced handling vehicle accident cases involving children. Any settlement your child receives will go into a blocked account set up by their attorney at the end of the case so you know their money will be safe. Your first call is always free and confidential so call now!
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