Nothing is more horrifying for a parent than when their child comes to harm, and when a child is hurt because of someone else’s negligence, it can be infuriating. Drivers on the roads have a duty to behave in safe, reasonable ways, but we all know that too many people drive while tired, distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, shirking both their own safety and safety of others they share the roads with. These negligent drivers can wreak havoc when their bad driving causes an accident, and when children suffer because of it, it is doubly tragic. If your child was hurt in a car accident, contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to discuss your options under civil law.
According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010, the most common type of accident that resulted in major injuries for children were rollover crashes, and head injuries—whether open head wounds or closed head injuries—were the most common type of injury sustained by children in injury crashes. During the period of time between 1999 and 2008, more than 1 million children between the ages of infancy and 7 years old died in car crashes.
The days of having little ones climb into the front seat and strap on a lap belt are gone. These days, countless safety measures exist to help reduce the chances of children being hurt or killed in motor vehicle collisions. Babies should ride in rear-facing car seats, while older children should ride in booster seats that help to adjust the placement of the shoulder belt to safely fit them. Kids who have grown out of booster seats may still benefit from seat belt adjustment devices designed to keep the shoulder strap at the correct level to properly fit the child.
The panic and confusion that can arise after an injury collision can make it difficult to know what steps to take first. If your child was injured in a motor vehicle accident, take the following steps:
If your child was injured in a collision and you want to talk to a Pittsburgh car accident attorney about your family’s legal options, contact the attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today. We specialize in personal injury litigation, and we stand apart from other personal injury law firms because we charge the lowest legal fees in the area—and we charge nothing until your case has been won or settled. Your family could be entitled to recover cash compensation for the pain and suffering your child endured because of another driver’s negligence. Let us help your family get justice through the courts. Call today for your free consultation.