- Ambulance bills
- Hospital bills
- Treating physician bills
- Lost wages
- Skilled nursing care
- Rehabilitative services
- The cost of future medical treatment
When the victim of a car accident is a child, then the stress of the whole ordeal increases by an incalculable amount.
If your child suffers from injuries from a serious crash due to the negligence of another, our Chicago child car accident lawyers can help. We will pursue the compensation and justice you and your child deserve. Call us at (312) 924-7575 to speak to an attorney for free.
Anyone can suffer injury in a car accident, but some people are more likely than others to sustain harm. Among all age groups, children involved in car accidents are particularly prone to suffering injuries in a crash even when the proper precautions are utilized.
What are the Statistics for Children involved in Car Accidents?
- As of 2016, children aged 18 and under account for approximately 23 percent of the national population.
- With 74 million children living in the U.S. in 2016, it is not surprising that there has been greater attention regarding child safety while traveling in cars.
- Motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death among children age 4 and ages 11-14.
- In other age groups, car accidents are responsible for a large percentage of deaths, but are not the leading cause.
- 723 children who were 12 or younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016.
- More than 128,000 children were injured in 2016 car accidents.
- Each year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 ride in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat, at least some of the time.
- In 2016, 35% of children age 12 and under killed in car accidents were not wearing a seat belt.
How to Protect Your Child in a Car Accident?
Compliance with mandatory safety provisions has increased dramatically in recent decades. However, proper safety procedures are still a major concern and cause of child injuries in car accidents.
The most common safety procedures designed to keep kids safe include the use of:
- Car seats
- Booster seats
- Seat belts
- Only allowing young children to ride only in the back seat of a vehicle
In most states, including Illinois, parents have to abide by many safety rules. If they don’t, they can face punishment from the state.
How to Avoid an Injury to a Child in a Car Crash?
Sometimes you can’t prevent an accident from happening. You are driving in a safe manner and still become the victim of another driver’s negligence. But if you travel with children in the Chicago area, the best thing you can do is to focus on safety before you hit the road.
Restraints, or seat belts, should always be used. Seatbelts save lives.
Statistically, the use of seat belts among young children is high, but it declines as children age. Of children 12 and under who were in fatal collisions in 2016, just 65 percent were wearing seat belts. These numbers persist even though seat belts have been shown to significantly reduce the odds of death in a crash. Seat beats also reduce the severity of injuries by approximately 45 and 50 percent, respectively.
Child safety seats, or car seats and boosters, should also be used where appropriate and when required by law. These sometimes tend to be used only with the youngest of passengers who are too small to otherwise fill out a standard seat. Safety seats reduce the risk of death by approximately 71 percent among children under one year of age and by about 54 percent in children ages one to four.
Put Your Child in the Backseat of Your Vehicle
Individual cars also can have safety designs that may be a benefit or a detriment to minor passengers. Prime among these are airbags, and in particular, front seat airbags. Airbags cushion the body of an adult from striking the steering column, steering wheel, or dashboard in a standard car with front deploying airbags. They are very effective in reducing injuries among adults, but among children, they can do far more harm than good.
The location, size, and force with which an airbag deploys makes them unsafe for small children and is a primary reason that experts encourage parents to allow children only in the backseat of a vehicle. Further, a rear-facing car seat should never be placed where a front-deploying airbag is located. The force of the airbag deploying can dislodge these seats and push the car seat against the backrest of the seat in the vehicle, potentially leaving a child with serious injuries.
What to do When Children are Involved in Car Accidents in Chicago?
Like adults, the laws in Chicago provide children with the right to seek compensation for their injuries if they are harmed in an automobile collision caused by another’s negligence. This may be the negligence of another driver or even the driver in the car with the child, depending on the accident and the situation that resulted. The important thing to know is that if your child has been hurt, your child and your family may have a claim for damages. You should consult a Chicago child car accident lawyer to learn more about your options.
The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help children involved in car accidents. You can reach us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or locally at (312) 924-7575. There is no obligation on your part for taking advantage of the consultation and if we represent you and your child, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
If your child has injuries from a car accident, call our attorneys now at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or Contact Us online for a free consultation.