We love our children – no matter how crazy they can be. We know that children run and jump around. They fall and bump into things periodically, which provides ample opportunities to get hurt. A lot of times, our children get hurt by playing around, but we know some events are beyond their control. Car and bus accidents are some of these events.
What can you do to prevent dangerous injuries? How can you seek justice and compensation if needed?
Vulnerability to Injuries
To prevent or minimize serious injury to children, it’s important to understand just how vulnerable they are.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries are the most common cause of child death. These unintentional injuries include falls, accidental poisoning, drowning, burns, and road traffic. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common and deadly form of unintentional injury amongst children. According to one statistic, motor vehicle accidents claim more lives among children age 5 to 19 than any other form of accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car and bus accidents can result in the following injuries for children:
- Head injuries, such as concussions.
- Thoracic injuries, such as rib damage.
- Abdominal injuries.
- Upper and lower extremity injuries.
In a worst-case scenario, an accident can result in death.
How Can I Prevent Serious Injury?
You can minimize some risk with simple tasks. These tasks include:
- Keeping your children in safe areas.
- Moving unsafe substances out of reach.
- Making sure your children have the proper protection when riding bikes, skating, swimming, or participating in another recreational activity.
When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, taking preventative measures can reduce the risk of serious injury or death. One way to minimize risk is to abide by Kentucky law in installing and enforcing the proper car seating for your child. The law is as follows:
- Any child under 40 inches tall must be in a child and/or infant seat.
- Any child who is younger than 8 and between 40 and 57 inches tall must be secured in a booster seat.
- All children over 8 years old or over 57 inches tall must be secured with a seat belt.
You can consult this trusty checklist to determine the appropriate seating for your child. You can also minimize risk by practicing safe driving and being aware of the road.
What Actions Do I Take After an Accident?
After your child is injured, seek medical attention first – it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s best to record the costs and fees for future purposes. If possible, it would be wise to record important details at the scene as well. For example, if your child was poisoned by a certain product, you should write down the product name, best use date, and where you bought it. Jotting down important, identifiable information that might prove negligence on another party’s behalf can be extremely beneficial.
If your child is injured in a car accident, copy down the same information you would if you had been the victim. This includes driver contact, insurance policy, and license plate number.
Where Can I Seek Legal Help?
Insurance claims can be tricky and we are here to help. Our Louisville injury attorneys are experienced in personal injury. Injury claims involve highly complex legal issues, especially when dealing with underage victims. Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, can help you gain the compensation that you deserve, even many times more than your insurance company initially offers you.
With our no-fee promise, you can be assured that we have your interests at heart. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (800) 937-8443 to evaluate your personal case.