If you have ever experienced having a loved one injured in a car accident, you’ve had that feeling; the feeling of incredible helplessness, the feeling of your stomach dropping. We read about other people involved in traffic accidents all the time, but we rarely stop to contemplate how difficult these incidents are on families. It is hard enough to have an adult close to you injured, but it is an entirely different ball game when children are involved.
Earlier this week, two young children were seriously injured in a crash that occurred in the southwest suburb of Joliet. According to reports, the children were in route to a local pumpkin patch when a pickup truck struck the minivan they were riding in. Witnesses claim the truck “appeared to disregard [a] stop sign.” Neither of the vehicles drivers were seriously injured in the collision, however both children were rushed to nearby Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and were later airlifted to Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn with life-threatening injuries. Currently, no charges have been filed in relation to the incident, but an investigation is ongoing. (Chicago Sun-Times)
The sad truth of the matter is that motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for kids in our country. During 2010, more than 1,200 children under the age of fourteen died as occupants of automobiles, and approximately 171,000 more were injured. No parent should ever have to know the feeling of losing a child. No parent should have to watch a child recover slowly in a hospital bed because someone else on the road chose to be reckless or negligent. Our lawyers believe that every time a driver gets behind the wheel, they are accepting responsibility for the safety of themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Accidents happen often enough, but we believe that people who create unnecessary dangers on the road should be held accountable for their actions. In a child injury lawsuit, our lawyers represented a 5-year-old boy who was run over by City of Chicago Fire Truck while he was playing in an open fire hydrant during a Fourth of July celebration. This accident resulted in the loss of one of the boy’s legs, as well as half of his pelvis. Our team of attorneys was able to secure a $10 million settlement for our client and his family, which helped them pay medical bills, insurance costs, and cover any unforeseeable future expenses related to his injuries.
If you are the parent of a child that has been injured in a car accident, you have enough to worry about. We will provide you with the counsel you need to get the compensation you deserve, ensuring your child will have access to all the resources possible in making their recovery.