If you are traveling and get into a car crash with a negligent or reckless driver, you have a few steps that you need to take. First, you need to make sure that you call 911 to have the police and emergency medical team come to the scene. While doing this, you should check on your passengers as well as others involved in the crash (when possible).
If you find that your child has been injured, it’s vital to tell the operator about their injuries and to do what you can to keep your child comfortable until help arrives.
My child is a minor, but can they make a claim for their injuries?
After your child receives medical care, you may start to wonder how you’re going to pay for it. This is where a personal injury claim may be a helpful tool for you.
Your child, if they’re under 18, will not be able to bring a case themselves. However, you are able to bring one on their behalf. You may be able to seek compensation for things like your child’s medical expenses, the cost of physical rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other losses. If they will now live with a disability or are going to have their ability to earn an income in the future negatively affected, then you may consider seeking compensation for those future losses as well.
What can you do to prevent childhood car accident injuries?
If you have a child small or young enough to be in a safety seat, always be sure to use one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the proper use of a safety seat may reduce the risk of injury up to 54% for toddlers, 71% for infants and 45% for those between the ages of 4 and 8.
Even older children benefit from proper restraints, and seat belt use may help reduce the risk of serious injuries or death by half. Take steps to set up the right restraint system in your vehicle, so you can help prevent injuries in the future.