Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death and disability among teenagers in this country. Catastrophic injuries to, or the death of, a child in a car accident is about the worst, most devastating experience that a family can endure, both emotionally and financially.
U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that, in 2005 alone, more than 1,400 children under the age of 15 died, and 203,000 were injured, as the result of automobile accidents. In the same year, 4,544 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes, and nearly 400,000 motor vehicle occupants in this age group required treatment in an emergency department because of an accident. On average, nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in car accidents.
Children can be injured in automobiles in many ways, through traffic related accidents and through non-traffic related accidents:
Children can be injured in a car without being in a traffic accident by, among other things:
In automobile accidents., children are especially vulnerable. These kinds of injuries include:
You and your child may be entitled to compensation for injuries if your child was a victim of a school bus crash, an auto accident caused by another driver, an intoxicated driver if the child was a passenger, injuries from defective car seats, design or manufacturing defects in the car itself, a hit-and-run accident, and virtually all car-related injuries when the child is not at fault.
Although compensation for a child’s injuries is the last thing that a family wants to talk about when going through these difficult times, it is important that you understand the legal issues involved and the rights that parents and children have under the law.
The auto product liability attorneys of The Gilbert Law Group® have dedicated their careers to child safety. Our team has several decades of experience in representing the families of children who have been severely injured or killed in automobile accidents. We treat each case as if it is our most important case, because it is your most important case.
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