With innovative safety features, more effective crumple zones and various other engineering marvels at work, today’s cars, trucks and SUVs are substantially safer than the ones found on the road 30 years ago. Even so, as of 2014 car accident injuries remain the number one cause of child fatalities in the United States. This is why it is important to closely monitor your kids when in or around motor vehicles, and why it is crucial to talk to them early and often about the potential hazards that arise when playing around cars.
Our attorneys are also devoted parents at the end of the day and understand the devastation that a serious accident can cause upon a family. No one should ever have to experience the pain and suffering that comes with losing a child in a car accident, and we want to do everything we can to help you keep your youngsters safe in and around vehicles. Below, you can find some of the most common dangers that parents should be aware of.
Back Over Accidents-This type of accident occurs when the driver backs up without seeing that a child is behind their vehicle. Accidents of this nature most commonly happen in driveways and parking lots, and have the potential to cause serious injury or death. Teach your children not to play behind vehicles, and make sure to always check around and behind your own car before backing up.
Heatstroke-Heatstroke is the leading cause of automobile-related fatalities not caused by a traffic accident. Contrary to popular believe, the interior of a vehicle can get extremely hot on almost any day when the sun is out, regardless of the temperature outside. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, no matter how short the time period.
Rollaway Accidents-This kind of accident occurs when a child is left in a car with the ignition on or the keys still in the ignition. You should never, under any circumstances, leave a child alone in a car with the engine running.
Seat Belt Entanglement-Seat belts are designed to protect children that are a certain minimum height and weight, but they can be extremely dangerous when used to restrain smaller children. Chest and shoulder harnesses can cover the neck of young kids, and in the event of an accident, can entangled their necks or cut of circulation to the head. This is why it is so important to keep children in age appropriate car seats until they are old enough to be protected by seat belts. (SaferCar.Gov; NHTSA)
When a child is injured or killed because of a negligent driver, it is devastating for everyone involved. In recent years we represented a man and his young son who both suffered catastrophic injuries when a truck driver who was under the influence of marijuana slammed into the back of their stopped vehicles. In addition to their injuries they tragically lost their wife and mother in this accident that could have been prevented had the driver not acted negligently. We obtained a $6.5 million settlement to compensate them for the harms caused to them but also believe that settlements like this send a message to truck drivers and trucking companies that negligence on the road will not go unpunished. Our lawyers take great pride in protecting the rights of personal injury victims and their families, and we believe that reckless drivers should be held accountable for their actions. If you think you may have a case, call our lawyers any time for a free consultation to discuss your options.