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Car Accident Injury Attorney: Protect Your Children

Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran

When car manufacturers design safety features for automobiles, they do so primarily with the safety of adults in mind. Therefore, if you are driving a child in a vehicle, other precautions need to be taken to prevent serious injuries if a car accident occurs while you are on the road.

If you believe that one of the safety precautions designed to help your child stay safe from a crash injury did not work as promised, call an experienced car accident attorney in Detroit at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. and schedule a free consultation to discuss your car accident case and personal injury claim.

Our auto accident attorney will evaluate your case for free and provide guidance on how to move forward legally. Our legal team will remove any burden from your shoulders by communicating with the insurance adjusters so you can focus on getting the medical treatment you and your child may need.

Our car accident injury attorney will ensure we have all your medical records so your medical bills and lost wages are covered and that you receive all the compensation you are entitled to from the insurance companies.

Car accident statistics

Recent CDC data provides more clarity into how pervasive children’s car accident injuries can be. In the United States in 2016, 723 children under the age of 12 died in motor vehicle crashes, and over 128,000 children were injured that year in car crashes as well.

Of the children under 12 who passed away due to injuries sustained in car accidents, 35% of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Another CDC study found that in a single year, over 618,000 children under 12 rode in motor vehicles without a seat belt, a booster seat, or a child safety seat at least some of the time.

Common injuries children suffer in car accidents

Although each auto accident is different and can cause various injuries depending on the speed of the cars, the way they hit each other or another obstacle, and other factors, there are still many common injuries suffered by children involved in a car accident.

These injuries can include brain or head trauma, lung injuries, fractured or broken bones, lacerations and cuts from a broken window or windshield glass, dental injuries, whiplash, and psychological trauma.

Car seat laws

It is important to know the laws surrounding the mandatory use of childrens’ car seats in your state (or in any state through which you will be driving children). In Michigan, children younger than four years of age are required to ride in a car seat in the rear of the car if the vehicle being driven has a rear seat.

The only time a child under four may ride in the front seat is if all available rear seats are taken up by children under four in car seats, and the child in the front still must be in a car seat with the airbag turned off.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that any child under the age of two should ride in a rear-facing car seat as well.

Until a child is eight years old or 4’9″ tall, they must ride properly buckled in a booster seat or car seat. Children must ride in one of these seats until they reach the height requirement or the age requirement, whichever happens to them first.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends a policy of putting children under 13 years of age in the back seat of the car if at all possible.

For older children and even adults, using a seat belt can reduce the risk of death and serious injury in a car crash by about half, according to CDC data.

Final thoughts

Car Accident Injury Attorney

If your child has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, regardless of the safety methods used to secure the child in the vehicle, contact an experienced car accident lawyer who handles personal injury cases at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P. C. at 866-MICH-LAW to schedule a no obligation consultation and look into getting the compensation and justice that your child deserves.

You can hire a lawyer at Cochran, Kroll & Associates on a contingency basis. Our law firm never charges a fee unless we win your case.

Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.

Ms. Barry is studying Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. She has won multiple awards both for her persuasive and creative writing and has written extensively on the topics of medical malpractice law, personal and birth injury law, product liability law. When she's not researching and writing about these topics, she edits a literary magazine and tutors students at Penn's writing center.



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