Child Injuries in Car Crashes: Safety Measures and Seeking Compensation

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This blog delves into the legal aspects surrounding child car accident injuries in Georgia. After all, children are our future, but unfortunately, they are also vulnerable passengers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2020 alone, over 640 children under the age of 15 died in car crashes, and hundreds of thousands more were injured.

In the face of such statistics, prioritizing child safety in cars becomes more critical than ever. We will explore essential safety measures, legal avenues for seeking compensation, and crucial steps to take in the aftermath of an accident.

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping families across Georgia obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

Georgia Car Seat and Child Restraint Laws

Prevention is always the best medicine, and when it comes to children’s safety on the road, the responsibility falls primarily on adults. Georgia law mandates specific car seat and seat belt requirements for children to protect children in car crashes.

Children Aged 0-7

Children under 8 years old must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system based on their age, weight, and height. Infants and toddlers require rear-facing car seats, while older children may transition to forward-facing seats with harnesses. Booster seats are necessary for older children until they reach the height and weight limits to use regular seat belts.

Ages 8-17

All children between 8 and 17 years old must be buckled up properly in a secured seat belt. If a booster seat offers better fit and support, using it remains highly recommended.

Preventing Child Car Accident Injuries

Additional safety measures can further mitigate the risks of child car accident injuries.

  • Never leave children unattended in vehicles. Even for a “quick errand,” a child left alone can easily engage in risky behavior or be exposed to heatstroke or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Follow car seat guidelines. Selecting the right car seat for your child’s age is crucial.
  • Don’t let children ride in the front seat. Airbags can cause severe injuries to children.
  • Minimize distractions while driving. Talking on the phone, texting, or adjusting music can divert your attention, potentially leading to accidents.
  • Obey traffic laws and speed limits. Speeding increases the severity of crashes and reduces your reaction time.
  • Plan safe routes and avoid rush hour traffic. Consider carpooling when possible to reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road.

young children are very vulnerable in car accidents

Compensation for Child Car Accident Injuries

Despite implementing all safety precautions, accidents can still occur. In such unfortunate situations, Georgia law provides legal avenues for seeking compensation when children are hurt in car crashes.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If another driver’s negligence caused the accident, the parents or legal guardians of the injured child can file a personal injury claim on the child’s behalf. This claim seeks compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

Wrongful Death Claim

In tragic cases where a child loses their life in a car crash, the family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. This claim seeks compensation for funeral and burial expenses and emotional distress.

What to Do If Your Child Is Hurt in a Wreck

Following a car accident involving a child, prioritizing the child’s health and well-being is paramount. However, certain critical steps are necessary to protect your legal rights.

  • Seek immediate medical attention: Even if injuries seem minor, it’s crucial to have the child evaluated by a medical professional to identify and address any underlying issues.
  • Contact the police and file a report: Documenting the accident with an official police report establishes a factual record and can be vital evidence in any legal proceedings.
  • Gather evidence: Take photos of the car damage, accident scene, and any visible injuries. Collect witness information and keep copies of medical bills and other relevant documents.
  • Consult with a qualified attorney: An experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide legal guidance, navigate the complexities of the legal system, and advocate for your child’s best interests.

Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help

Children are irreplaceable treasures, and ensuring their safety on the road is a shared responsibility. By prioritizing safety measures, we can work together to minimize the risks to kids.

When children are hurt in a car accident, Georgia law allows families to file a lawsuit and demand compensation. While no amount of money can make up for your child’s suffering, a successful claim can help families manage medical bills and other financial burdens from the accident.

Our Atlanta accident attorneys are here to support families in the face of unfortunate events. Contact the Weinstein Firm at 770-HELP-NOW if your child suffered injuries in a car accident.

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