Articles Posted in Injuries to Minors and Children

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Every year, about 6 million auto accidents occur across the United States, resulting in some three million driver and passenger injuries annually. The unfortunate reality of car accident injuries is that two-thirds of the victims affected will be dealing with the physical toll for the rest of their lives.

When it comes to minors and child passengers, the deleterious effects of motor vehicle collisions are even greater. Despite significant advances in the fields of automotive safety and technology, automobiles continue to be the leading cause of death among adolescents in the U.S, and contribute to roughly 150,000 serious injuries. Still, parents can play an active and impactful role in the roadway safety of their children right from the start by instilling respect for the responsibilities and hazards that come with driving or riding in a car.
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Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among children, and 300+ kids are injured every day while riding in a vehicle. According to studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children that ride in age and size appropriate car seats and safety restraints reduce their chance of serious injury or death by more than 50%. Our lawyers believe every parent should have access to resources that will help keep their kids as safe as possible, and that is why we put together this guide to proper safety restraint usage over the various stages of your child’s life:
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According to statistics, our cars and trucks are getting a little bit safer each year. In fact, recent years have seen some of the lowest traffic accident fatality rates on record, and this is largely due to the fact that we know more about trauma and crash-readiness than ever before. Still, all the research and safety technology in the world doesn’t mean a thing if they aren’t properly utilized by the people in the car, especially in the case of children. Motor vehicle collisions are still the number one cause of death and injuries to children (https://www.levinperconti.com/injuries-to-children.html) between the ages of 3-14 in the United States, and the fact that 3 out of every 4 parents don’t properly install and use their kid’s safety restraints only exacerbates this problem.

We know that children who ride in age and size appropriate car seats and safety restraints reduce their chance of serious and potentially fatal injury by more than 50%; with this in mind, our lawyers want to provide you with the resources you need to help keep your kids as safe as possible. What follows is a guide to proper safety restraint usage throughout the various stages of your child’s life, as well as a guide to handling recalls:
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Over the past decade, we have made great strides in the field of automotive safety technology, however, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for children and adolescents. Last year, there were more than 650 children (12 years of age or younger) killed in traffic related accidents. 31 additional children died as a result of heatstroke from being left in a sweltering car. 150,000 other children are seriously injured as passengers in automobiles every year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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Roughly one-fifth of all child car accident fatalities under the age of ten are pedestrians, and most often, these accidents occur during the hours when children are coming to and from school. Young children are naturally energetic, active, and impulsive; in short, children don’t always do what is best for their own safety. In most environments, these abrupt actions result in nothing more than a few scrapes or bruises, but when a child plays in close proximity to a roadway, these impulses can be deadly. As much as we may want to be able to watch over and protect our children all of the time, the reality is that when they aren’t with us (such as when they are going to, or coming from school) we have to trust that we’ve taught them what they need to know to keep themselves safe.

Our lawyers believe the best way to keep our children safe is to maintain an open dialogue about the facts, and dispel the myths surrounding pedestrian safety. Here are just a few common misconceptions regarding child pedestrians; communicate these myths and reinforce the facts to your child to better keep them safe.
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For all parents, the most important thing in the world is the wellbeing of their children and statistics from the NHSTA tell us that child safety on our nation’s roadways is continuing to improve. Manufacturers and engineers all across the United States are hard at work designing and producing the best possible cars and car seats for parents carrying young children. Despite advancements, parents must also serve as active agents in the safety of their kids, and this means taking full advantage of technological innovations, following their correct installation procedures, and ensuring that you are using proper safety devices in terms of their size and weight ranges. If you are looking for other ways to make a positive impact on your child’s automotive safety, here are a few other tips that research has found affective:
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The aftermath of a car accident is something that no family should have to go through, but parents and children suffer serious injuries in collisions around the United States every day. Our injury lawyers have fought and won many cases protecting kids from having their lives changed by the negligence of other people on the road. You may not be able to plan for everything that is going to happen on the road, but you can take proactive measures to ensure that your child is as safe as possible when riding in your vehicle.
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Even with all the advancements we’ve making in automotive safety technology, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death among our nation’s youth population. We know that technology has the potential to help make us a little safer on the road, it is important to remember that technology isn’t a solution in and of itself, and there are many actions we can take ourselves to play an even greater role in keeping our children safe. Our injury lawyers hope that the child passenger safety information that follows will help answer some of our readers questions, and help keep their families a little safer in the future.
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For kids, Halloween is a night full of excitement, fun, and trick-or-treating with friends. As we’ve alluded to many times on this blog, children represent one of the most at risk demographics when it comes to pedestrian accidents, due in part to their impulsive and energetic dispositions; on nights like tonight, it is important to discuss pedestrian safety with your child, to ensure that everyone can enjoy this special occasion.
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Young children are naturally energetic, active, and impulsive, and they don’t always do what is best for their own safety. In most environments, their actions result in nothing more than a few scraps or bruises, but near a roadway, they can be deadly. As parents, we may be able to keep a watchful eye on our children most of the time, but once they set off for school, we have to trust we have taught them what they need to know to keep themselves safe.

Roughly one-fifth of all child traffic fatalities under the age of 10 are pedestrians, and most often, these accidents occur during the hours when children are coming to and from school. Our lawyers believe the best way to keep our children safe is to maintain an open dialogue about the facts and myths surrounding pedestrian safety. Here are just a few common misconceptions regarding child pedestrians; communicate these myths and reinforce the facts to your child to better keep them safe.
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