The sad truth is that when an adult and a child are in a car accident, a child is more likely to get injured. There are steps a parent or guardian can take to keep a child safer, such as ensuring they are in a car seat, that they are not in a seat with an automatic air bag, and that they are always properly restrained. However, there is no way to prevent 100% of accidents.
Keep reading to find out the most common injuries a child suffers when involved in a car accident. If your child has been injured in a car accident then you should contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your legal options are. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for your free legal consultation.
Head and neck injuries are common
According to one study from the Department of Transportation, the most common injury to a child in a car accident is an injury to their head or neck. This can result in whiplash, traumatic brain injury, a broken skull, or even a broken neck. This type of injury can result in death or be severe enough that the child does not ever recover their full cognitive skills.
Injuries caused by airbags
The purpose of an airbag is to protect passengers in a vehicle but they can cause serious injury to children who are younger than 13 years old or shorter than 4’9”. This is why it is not recommended for children to sit in the front seat, as there are so often passenger airbags there. An airbag injury can result in broken noses or even broken necks.
Injuries caused by broken glass
Many car accidents involve broken glass. That glass can fly through the car during the crash and can result in serious cuts, scarring, and other lacerations. In a worst-case scenario, a child can be so disfigured that they require cosmetic surgery.
If a child has not been properly restrained in their car seat, booster seat, or seatbelt, then they can end up with injury to their chest. This can result in broken ribs, lung injuries, and other serious issues. The best way to prevent this is to ensure that the child’s car seat or booster seat is properly installed.
Any bone in the body can be broken during a car accident. Common broken bones for children include broken legs, wrists, and arms. These are injuries that can cause serious issues including difficulty for a child to get around. If not properly treated, long-term consequences may be experienced.
If your child has been injured in a car accident in which someone else was at fault, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are ready to provide a free legal consultation so you’ll know your rights. Contact us at 800-333-0000 to get started.