Before you take another ride with your kids, take this into consideration: according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children age 4 and younger. Frightening news such as this may cause you to drive just a bit more cautiously in an effort to avoid a terrible accident, but unfortunately, your efforts are sometimes futile. No matter how careful you are, you can’t control other drivers, and their errors could lead to grave injuries for both you and your children.
An In-Depth Look At Accidents Involving Children
On any given day, drivers are likely to witness several car accidents in Austin and many factors are to blame, including distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding. And although any person involved in a crash is prone to experiencing severe injuries, children are even more at risk. Take a look at these shocking numbers:
- Motor vehicle crashes represent the leading cause of death for children and youth age 3 and older in the United States.
- Each year, more than 5,000 children and adolescents under the age of 21 die in crashes, which makes up 15 percent of people killed each year in crashes.
- For every fatality, approximately 18 children are hospitalized and more than 400 receive medical treatment for injuries sustained in crashes.
Special Considerations for Parents Who Are Involved in Car Accidents With Their Children
Adults who are involved in car accidents can very easily determine when something is wrong. For instance, they know that when something hurts, they should seek medical assistance. A child, on the other hand, may not realize there is a problem at all and may not alert her parents to the issue. For this reason, taking any child who is involved in an accident for medical treatment, regardless of whether or not injuries are obvious, is essential. Also, paying attention to the signs of head injuries could prevent such injuries from getting worse because of lack of detection. Watch your child closely for:
- Changes in behavior or physical coordination
- Confusion or disorientation
- Vision or eye changes
- Slurred speech or changes in speech
Additionally, if your child is involved in a car accident, you may wonder if you are still able to use the car seat or if it should be replaced. In general, seats that are involved in minor accidents are still safe enough to use. Contrarily, seats that were used during moderate to severe crashes should be replaced. Fortunately, many insurance companies will replace car seats at no cost after accidents.
Are You Being Treated Fairly by Your Insurance Company?
Hopefully the insurance company will listen to your questions and concerns and will give you the compensation you’ll need to pay for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other expenses related to your accident. But if not, the legal team of Wayne Wright will work hard to attempt to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 and receive the legal help you deserve.