Child Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions


Children are at risk of suffering devastating, life-altering injuries in car accidents. Motor vehicle collisions are also one of the main causes of child fatalities in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deaths of children younger than 13 in car accidents have declined since 1975, but crashes still cause one out of every four unintentional injury deaths. Most car accident deaths occur when children are traveling as rear seat passengers. Research has shown that properly restraining children in child safety seats and booster seats can help reduce the risk of serious injury and death.

If you have been involved in a car accident with children in the vehicle, it is crucial that you seek medical attention, treatment and care right away. Getting prompt medical attention helps in many ways such as determining the nature and severity of the injury and putting your child on the road to recovery. When you do this, you also create a record of the type of injury your child sustained in the crash and the type of treatment and care he or she received. Having a doctor examine the child for injuries is necessary in such cases as there are types of injuries where the symptoms do not show or appear immediately.  

Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

Here are some of the common types of injuries children suffer in motor vehicle collisions:

  • Broken bones: Children may suffer broken bones in the hand, leg, foot or wrist during impact. Children who are ejected from vehicles are likely to suffer even more serious fractures. Broken bones are typically diagnosed with an X-Ray, which shows the type of break and its location. Broken bone injuries may take several weeks to fully heal. For some fractures to heal, children may need rehabilitation.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: These are among the most serious injuries children can suffer in car accidents. A head injury includes anything from a concussion to more severe trauma that causes a skull fracture or bleeding in the brain. Traumatic brain injuries may result in a variety of complications from memory loss to cognitive and developmental impairment.
  • Airbag injuries: Children who sit in the front seat are at risk of being injured by airbags. When an airbag deploys with force, it has the potential to cause facial injuries or even cause other injuries such as broken ribs.
  • Broken glass injuries: A broken window or windshield may result in cuts and lacerations. Such injuries may cause permanent scarring or disfigurement.
  • Car seat injuries: When car seats fail during car accidents, the consequences can be devastating. Buckles or restraint systems that fail during a car accident may result in major or even fatal injuries for the child.

Justice and Fair Compensation

In addition to the physical injuries suffered in a car accident, children may also suffer serious emotional and psychological trauma. Children may suffer from psychological issues such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and may require therapy to cope with what they are going through. 

If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle collision as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able recover compensation for his or her injuries, damages and losses. An experienced car accident lawyer who has successfully handled child injury cases will be able to provide you with the competent and compassionate representation you need and help you secure the compensation your child rightfully deserves.

This article was submitted by the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC. Their office is located in Morgantown West Virginia. They can be reached at 304-594-1800.

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