Injuries to Kids in Cars
After Injuries Caused by Accidents or Auto Defects, Parents Should Know Their Right to Compensation
Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death and disability among teenagers in this country. Seeing one’s child catastrophically injured or killed in a preventable accident is one of the worst things a parent can face. The experience is devastating emotionally and financially.
U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that, in 2018, 636 children under the age of 12 died in car accidents, and more than 97,000 were injured. The same year, car accidents were responsible for almost 2,500 teen deaths and 285,000 emergency room trips among people between 13 and 19 years of age. These numbers are not just statistics—they are records of lives and families forever changed. Our attorneys are here to help those whose children suffered severe or fatal injuries in a car accident.
Call us at (888) 711-5947 for a free consultation. No matter where you are in America, our caring team wants to know how we can help you.
What A Family Can Do When a Child Is Injured
Children can be injured in automobiles in many ways, through traffic-related and non-traffic related accidents. The first step is to figure out who or what was responsible for the injury. Sometimes, it’s easy to point to another driver who was not paying attention. In other cases, you need a strong investigative team on your side to help you identify a defect and show how it was to blame.
Once we have determined liability, our attorneys can help you understand your right to file a claim. We always give our clients an honest estimation of their chances in a case. Below, we list some of the situations our attorneys have helped clients through.
Non-Traffic Related Accidents
Children can be injured in a car without being in a traffic accident by, among other things:
- Car Window Defects - Car windows can close on children and cause serious injury. Even though there are several safety features in most cars designed to prevent this, these accidents still happen, and children choke before they can be rescued.
- Door & Trunk Lock Defects - Kids may get locked in the trunk of a car, unable to get out.
- Accidental back-over and run-over - Children may get run over because of bad visibility in the front or rear window.
- Brake shift interlock failure - Most cars cannot be put into gear unless the brake pedal is depressed. However, this safety device can fail. In some cars, it is not even equipped, leading to a higher chance of injury.
In automobile accidents, children are especially vulnerable. Especially if a vehicle’s safety features are not designed and manufactured to the highest standards, they may suffer serious injuries including:
- Brain Injury - This can be caused by even a minor impact if the child is not properly restrained and can lead to lifelong disabilities like paralysis and cognitive challenges.
- Spinal Cord Injuries - These are some of the most devastating injuries possible for children, robbing the child of their mobility and enjoyment of life.
These injuries can be caused by one or more of the following defects:
- Seatbelt Failure - Not using a seatbelt can lead to serious injuries from a minor accident, but some seatbelts are designed so poorly they may cause injury. Seatbelt design defects include an inability to adjust to a size small enough for a child or the failure of a seatbelt to properly align with the seat design.
- Airbags Deploying Incorrectly – The forces involved in airbag inflation can be dangerous for children if proper safety precautions are not implemented by an automaker.
- Defects in Children’s Car Seats - A substantial percentage of children’s car seats have been found to be defective through the years, suffering from manufacturing defects, poor construction, and bad instructions. Despite years of public pressure on manufacturers, this is still an issue and causes many preventable injuries each year.
- Seatback Failure - Even at low impact speed, the collapse of a seatback can cause devastating injury or even death if a child is impacted. Unfortunately, the only way to know if a seatback is designed poorly is after a crash injures someone.
- Structural and Design Defects in Cars - Rear windows can be too small to see out of, and door locks, seatbelts, and airbags can be defective, among other potentially dangerous problems with cars. Defective tires can also cause accidents when a driver loses control of the car.
Call our office at (888) 711-5947 to speak with one of our experienced team members. We offer free consultations to parents whose children were injured in cars.
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After being challenged by our lawyers, major companies have pulled defective products off the market.
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The Gilbert Law Group® is the only firm in the U.S. to have an in-house engineering team to assess and explain product defects.
Over One Billion Dollars Recovered
Since 1969, we have fought aggressively for our clients, never turning away from even the most formidable opponents.
When you are facing complex legal issues and high-profile defendants, you need a lawyer who knows how to fight these battles. Our team has taken on some of our nation’s biggest corporations and, with the help of our network of professional consultants and our skilled in-house engineering team, can help jurors make sense of highly technical evidence.
Record Trial Court Verdict - Products Case $52,000,000
Truck Burn Injury $51,100,000
Record Trial Verdict - Rear-end Collision $43,200,000
Woman injured by seat back collapse.
Jury Verdict Brain Damage Case $35,000,000
Heavy Truck Fire Case $29,500,000
Bad Faith Insurance - Head On Auto Collision $17.8 Million
Record Jury Verdict - Seat Belt Failure $17,500,000
Auto Accident $9,500,000
Fatal Car Accident $9,000,000
Wrongful Death $8,400,000
You and your child may be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in any vehicular accident caused by another party. You may also be able to file a claim for injuries caused by defective car seats, design or manufacturing defects in the car itself, a hit-and-run accident, and virtually any car-related injuries for which you or your child were not at fault.
Although filing for compensation is the last thing that a family wants to talk about when their child is seriously injured, it is important for you to understand the legal issues involved and the rights afforded to you and your family. Filing for compensation can help you ensure your child has the best care possible and cover any long-term needs caused by a car accident.
Our auto product liability attorneys at The Gilbert Law Group® have dedicated our careers to child safety. We have several decades of experience representing the families of children who have been severely injured or killed in automobile accidents. Our lawyers treat each case as if it is our most important case because it is your most important case.