Children are among the most vulnerable passengers when it comes to car accidents. And car accident injuries are the most common cause of death among children in the U.S. each year.
Children are more likely to suffer serious injuries or die in car accidents because their bodies are less physically developed than adults.
But children are also vulnerable when they are improperly placed in child safety seats, or have outgrown their seats.
As a result, child injuries are not only caused by the impact of a collision by another vehicle, but also by the improper use of child safety seats, which are required in all states.
Most Common Child Injuries In Car Accidents
There are a variety of injuries children suffer in car accidents, some of which can cause permanent damage, including:
- Head Injuries – these are the most common types of child injuries, and they include contusions or lacerations as well as concussions and skull base fractures. Typically, a child’s head striking some part of the vehicle during an accident causes these injuries.
- Rib Injuries – rib fractures were especially common in children less than a year old, largely due to their fragile bodies.
- Limb Injuries – children are also vulnerable to injuries to their limbs, including their forearms, shoulders and elbows.
- Chest Injuries – children can also suffer injuries to their chest and stomach area during a car accident. The trauma can cause damage to the lungs, the abdomen and even the clavicle.
Most Effective Way To Prevent Child Injuries In a Car Accident
While practicing safe driving techniques, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding unsafe lane changes, can help lower the chances of a car accident, the most effective way to protect a child in a vehicle is to ensure that they are properly restrained in a child safety seat.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that 35 percent of children 12 years of age or younger who died in car accidents were not properly restrained in car seats or in seat belts.
Parents must ensure that they follow the weight and size guidelines when placing their children in car seats and booster seats. Properly restraining a child can prevent serious injury in a car accident.
Protecting Your Rights
When your child suffers injuries in a car accident that is not your fault, you have the right to obtain justice and fair compensation from the responsible party. But these cases are never open-and-shut, so it’s advisable to hire a personal injury law firm to protect your rights and ensure that you are compensated for your pain and suffering and for medical bills.
The McDaniel Law Group, PLLC has a reputation for aggressively pursuing car accident claims, and we provide you with powerful resources to maximize your chance for success. Please call us today at 202-331-0793 for a free evaluation of your case.