Children Involved in Car Accidents
Anybody who is in a car can be injured in a car accident. This includes children, even when they are sitting in appropriate child safety seats. As a parent, there are few thoughts more terrifying than the thought of losing your child or having him or her suffer a severe, permanent injury in a car accident. But the truth is that children do suffer injuries and die in car accidents every day.Sadly, the latest statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that close to 1,000 children under the age of 13 are killed in motor vehicle accidents each year. This figure includes children who were pedestrians, bicyclists, and passengers in motor vehicles when theses devastating and tragic accidents occurred.How Can a Child be Injured in a Car Accident?While children can be injured in the same ways that an adult can in a car accident, due to their small size and weight the injuries they suffer tend to be more severe. The IIHS reports that the younger a child is, the more likely they are to suffer severe and potentially life threatening harm when a crash or collision does occur. Common types of injuries sustained by children in car accidents include:
- Soft tissues injuries, including muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Severe cuts and lacerations;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Burns due to contact with hot fluids or surfaces;
- Back and neck injuries, including fractured vertebrae and spinal cord injuries;
- Head trauma, including skull fractures and concussion.
- The child’s burial and funeral expenses;
- The child’s medical bills if he or she received emergency medical care following the accident; and
- The parent’s pain, suffering, and emotional trauma resulting from the child’s death;
- Lost wages and other financial impacts your family has experienced or is likely to undergo in the future.
- Your child’s medical records;
- Expert testimony from individuals such as your child’s pediatrician, a child development specialist, or an accident reconstruction specialist who can create a digital rendering of the accident;
- Testimony from witnesses to the accident;
- Photographs of the accident scene; and
- If necessary, testimony from your child to demonstrate his or her emotional trauma and reduced quality of life.