According to the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in auto accidents. In the event that your child is injured in an auto accident, it is important to take the necessary steps needed to ensure the safety and well-being of your child and yourself. There are also many safety precautions available that can protect children from being severely injured in auto accidents.
Buckling your children in safety seats and seat belts can reduce the risk of serious injuries, and sometimes even prevent them.
To keep your child safe from injury, follow these tips:
- Always use a safety seat, no matter how far the drive
- Use the appropriate safety seat for your child’s size and age
- Make sure that your safety seat is designed to fit your vehicle
- Children younger than 13 should be seated in the back
- 70% of car seats are not installed correctly, be sure that your safety seat is properly installed
- If involved in an accident, have safety seat immediately replaced
- Lead by example and buckle up before every drive, and make sure that all passengers are buckled in
Seek Medical Attention
Sometimes traffic accidents cannot be anticipated, in the event that your child is involved in an accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Signs of personal injury can occur immediately following an accident, but can sometimes appear several days or weeks later. Even if your child does not appear to be injured, personal injury symptoms are not always immediately apparent therefore, your child must always be examined by a doctor following an auto accident. This is particularly important for young children who are unable to communicate pain well, waiting for your child to tell you that they are in pain is not recommended.
Pursue Legal Counsel
Waiting too long to seek medical attention can also make it difficult to prove that your child’s injuries are a result of an auto accident. Depending on the urgency of your child’s injuries, your child’s medical expenses can be quite significant. Many parents are unaware that they can make a personal injury claim on behalf of their children. Following an auto accident, it is very important to seek legal aid from an experienced auto accident lawyer. An experienced auto accident attorney can help you to get the best compensation for your child’s medical expenses, and also provide general information on how to proceed
Call Blick Law Firm today for a free case evaluation regarding your child’s personal injury claim. Attorney, Michael Blickensderfer has over 25 year’s legal experience, and is dedicated to providing the best legal representation to all clients. Think quick, Call Blick! after the accident. An auto accident lawyer is also necessary to ensure the protection of your child and yourself against an insurance discrepancy. If your child needs medical treatment, a traffic accident attorney can also negotiate your child’s medical bills, as well as additional value to your claim.