Parents fear a lot of things. One of the things that perhaps worries them the most is the prospect of their child being in the car when an accident occurs.
While children’s bodies are resilient, they are also fragile. Children are more apt to suffer certain types of injuries in car accidents when they occur.
Children’s accident-related injuries vary by age
Concussions are most common among children under the age of one, whereas kids over a year old are more likely to suffer fractures, cuts or bruises in accidents.
A child’s placement in the vehicle matters in a crash
One of the reasons why so many states require parents to place their children in the back seat of the car instead of the passenger seat up front is because they are typically safer in the rear seats. Children have twice the chance of suffering injuries in a front-end or side-impact crash when they’re riding in the front seat compared to the rear.
Some accident types are particularly dangerous for kids
Rollover incidents are very dangerous for the younger set. Kids are at least 10 times more likely to suffer incapacitating injuries in this type of crash than in any others.
What to do after an accident
Car crashes don’t always present immediate signs of injuries. Your child may have suffered irreparable or unrecoverable damage by the time they appear unwell or start complaining of symptoms. Get your child examined by a physician immediately following an accident to ensure that nothing is seriously wrong.
Injuries to the internal organs, brain, head and back may require a lifetime of care to treat. Make sure your claim for damages covers all past, present and future costs.