Car Safety for Children
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Oklahoma
Car safety has continued to improve over the past decade, making motor vehicles safer than ever. Unfortunately, despite these advancements accidents continue to occur, harming roughly 250,000 children each year. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers, with nearly 400,000 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 requiring emergency room treatment each year. Whether you have young children in car seats, or a teen with a license and vehicle of her own, it’s important you know how to protect them in and around motor vehicles.
At Martin Jean & Jackson, our attorneys are passionate about advocating for the rights of the injured. We believe that if you or your family was harmed due to the carelessness of another person, the negligent party should be held liable for all resulting damage. During our time practicing law, our firm has represented more than 15,000 personal injury clients and we have collected more than $500 million on their behalf. If your child or teen was injured in a car accident, we want to help you, too.
Child Safety Around Cars
There are many ways in which children may be harmed by cars even when they are not riding as a passenger. One of the best ways to ensure your children stay safe is to educate them about proper behavior around cars from an early age. Even with modern technology, it is still possible for children to become locked inside cars or trunks. Teach children to avoid these situations, as they could easily overheat or suffocate, especially if an adult does not notice.
Kids are also dangerous as pedestrians and should be taught street safety. While at play, children may not hear the sounds of a car coming up the street, or may forget to look both ways before crossing, and may be struck by a passing vehicle. Parents can also teach their children to be cautious around driveways in case a car does not see kids at play when backing up.
Traffic Accidents Involving Children
When children are passengers in vehicles, they are especially vulnerable to injuries should the vehicle crash. All accidents are potentially harmful, but the hard, sudden movements associated with a crash can be particularly damaging to the smaller, more fragile frames of children.
In a car accident, children may suffer injuries for any of the following reasons:
- Car Seats: Always use the correct car seat for your child’s age and weight. Infants should be in rear-facing car seats, while babies may be moved to a forward-facing seats. Children should remain in booster seats until they are old enough to fit your vehicle’s seat belt properly.
- Seatbelts: Before driving, always be certain that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up.
- Airbags: When an airbag deploys with extreme force, sometimes it can cause more harm than good, especially if that force is directed towards children. Children should never sit in the front seat because air bags designed for adults may cause injury to children. However, even teenagers and adults can sometimes be harmed by a defective airbag.
Seek Compensation for Your Child’s Injuries
If your child was injured by a car, either as a pedestrian or a passenger, our firm wants to help you seek justice from the liable party. When you have done everything in your power to protect your child’s well-being, it can be extremely frustrating and frightening to see them injured as the result of another person’s mistake or negligence. Whether the car seat was defective, another vehicle struck yours, or your child was struck by a car while playing, our firm wants to help.
Contact Martin Jean & Jackson to discuss your child’s car accident injury case, today.