The most common injuries suffered by children in car accidents
Children are particularly vulnerable in car accidents because they are still developing and they are at a much higher risk of suffering serious injuries even in relatively minor car accidents. Small children are not protected by seat belts in the same way that adults are, which is why it is particularly important that children are fitted into a safe and appropriate seat for their age, height and weight.
If your child suffered physical or emotional injuries as a result of being involved in a car accident, you as their parent may be able to take legal action against the at-fault driver and gain financial compensation to pay for medical expenses and other things. The following is an overview of some of the most common injuries suffered by children in car accidents.
Airbags are made to save lives, and they are very effective at preventing fatal injuries in adults. However, airbags inflate with a very large force, which could break the nose or the necks of children, especially if they are in the front seat.
Broken glass can ricochet in all directions in the split seconds after impact. This means that children can suffer from cuts to the face or to their teeth, sometimes resulting in permanent scarring.
Head and neck injuries
Unfortunately, head and neck injuries are common in children who have been involved in a car accident. They may only suffer minor whiplash, or they could suffer severe traumatic brain injuries that have a lasting effect on their life.
Even if a child is not physically harmed in a car accident, they could still suffer emotional injuries. It is important that you ensure your child is able to talk through and process the experience. They may need to go through a course of therapy.
If your child has recently been involved in an accident, make sure that you take action to gain the damages that you are owed by the at-fault party.