The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2017 there were 675 children 12 years of age and younger that died in car crashes. In the same year, 116,000 were injured. While child safety seats, seat belts, airbags, and other safety features in cars have significantly decreased these numbers from what they were over the last several decades, childhood injuries and deaths are still occurring at an alarming rate due to driver negligence.
It is only natural for parents to feel protective of their children. If your child sustained an injury in a car accident, you want to do all you can to protect and heal them. Make sure that you speak to a seasoned car accident lawyer to find out how to protect their interests in an injury claim.
Children in Car Crashes at Higher Risk
Riding in a vehicle comes with inherent risk. For children, the risk can be higher. Their heads are softer and not as developed, making them more susceptible to serious injury than adults. The bones are also more delicate, leaving them prone to fractures. With smaller bodies, children can not sustain as much force as an adult can. Their underdeveloped rib cage can fail to protect their vital internal organs as it would in an adult. With less blood volume than an adult, they cannot afford to lose very much blood if trauma occurs.
Perhaps you did your part to protect your child by placing them correctly in their child safety seat and purchasing a car with specific safety features, yet they still sustained injuries in an accident caused by a negligent driver. You can’t change what happened, but you can work with a car accident lawyer to ensure compensation is received for their damages.
Common Injuries Children Sustain in Car Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head injuries are the most common injuries sustained by children in traffic accidents. This is especially true in children who have not yet reached their first birthday. Head injuries can include concussions, unconsciousness, contusions, lacerations, skull fractures, and bleeding in the brain. These injuries can cause temporary or even permanent developmental problems, behavioral problems, or cognitive difficulties.
Other types of injuries commonly sustained by children in car crashes include:
- Neck injuries such as whiplash
- Facial trauma
- Dental trauma
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bone fractures
- Damage to internal organs
- Thoracic injuries such as rib fractures, lung injuries, and internal bleeding
- Glass injuries that can lead to scarring
- Psychological injuries
These injuries can impact your child for months, years, or even the rest of their life. They may have a long road to recovery that comes with a hefty price tag. Someone is going to need to pay for their injuries and medical care, and it should not have to be you. When you hire a compassionate car accident attorney, they can determine who is at fault for the accident and what types of claims can be made to help pay for your child’s care. Your lawyer can work aggressively to get the compensation you need.
Was Your Child Injured in a Car Accident? A Car Accident Attorney Can Help
You did everything you could to protect your child before the accident, now is the time to protect them after the accident by hiring a reliable attorney to represent both of your interests. Your child didn’t choose their pain and suffering, and negligent drivers should be held accountable.
For your free no-obligation consultation, contact Malman Law. We can be reached at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form.