For parents, there is nothing more important than protecting our children. Unfortunately, some accidents can be caused by the negligent actions of another party. This is especially true as it pertains to motor vehicle collisions. Tragically, car accident injuries to children can be increasingly severe due to their smaller stature. Injuries to a child can result in chronic pain and even impact their physical and mental development. If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is time to speak with a knowledgeable attorney.
Alarming Information on Child Injuries
Despite numerous safety measures in place to keep our children safe, the amount of children injured in car accidents each year is alarmingly high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 116,000 American children were injured in motor vehicle collisions throughout 2017 alone. Of those injured children, approximately 675 ultimately died due to their injuries. For parents, the biggest step one can take is properly restraining your child. Studies conducted by the CDC found that 35% of all children that were fatally injured in car accidents throughout 2017, were not properly restrained.
The sad reality though is many children suffer injuries even when they are properly restrained in a booster seat, car seat, or standard seat belt system. The most common injuries to children in car accidents are head, chest, organ, and back injuries. In other words, many of these injuries can have a life-long impact on a child. If a child suffers severe brain trauma in a car accident, their brain development can be stunted or permanently altered. Similar issues can occur in spinal and back injuries, impacting mobility for an extended period of time....