NYC Car Accidents are a major cause of injuries sustained by children. It is one of a parent's greatest fears. It starts when our children are completely helpless as babies and persists through their teenage years. There are things we can do to prevent auto accident injuries and things we can do to help our children when the negligent acts of others cause their accidents.
In addition to auto accidents, common injuries sustained by children include:
- School bus accidents
- Daycare injuries
- Swimming pool accidents
Child Auto Injury Accident Statistics
- Every hour, about 150 children are seen in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes;
- Regarding children between the ages of 5 and 19, auto accidents are the most common cause of death;
- Studies have shown as many as 618,000 children under 12 ride in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.
Your Child's Rights as an Auto Accident Victim
As parents, one of your worst fears is that your child is injured. Auto accidents can be especially traumatizing to young children. A child's bone structure and soft tissue respond to car crash forces differently than adults.
The design of cars and car restraints have different impacts on children than they do on adults. Young children do not react to serious traffic accidents in the same way as adults. Children involved in a car accident, school bus accident, or accident involving an 18-wheeler are often left with long-term injuries and disabilities.
If the auto accident that caused your child's injury was due to the negligent acts of another party, you have a right to recover damages on behalf of your young child. Responsible parties may include the driver of the other car, the manufacturer of the other car, a municipality that had a responsibility to maintain a street or safety sign or even the employer of the other driver who failed to properly maintain the car. It is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help understand your rights in pursuing a case on behalf of your child.
At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. our child injury lawyers have worked on a wide variety of personal injury cases. We gather evidence and interview witnesses, hiring the best experts when necessary.