Did you know that motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of death among children in the United States? In 2014, over 122,000 children were severely injured in car accidents, and 602 lost their lives. What can you do as a parent or guardian to reduce your child’s risk of an infant car accident injury? Read on to find out.
If your child has been injured in an auto crash, contact an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney immediately.
Symptoms of an Infant Car Accident Injury
It is crucial that you have a physician see your child after a car accident, regardless of whether they are in distress or have obvious injuries. Doing so allows for proper and prompt diagnosis and treatment of infant car accident injuries.
Even after seeing a healthcare provider, your duty doesn’t end there. You will need to keep an eye out for further symptoms of distress from your child, such as:
- Restlessness and an inability to sleep
- Inconsolable crying
- Bowel irregularities and vomiting
- Lack of appetite
- Changes in breathing
- Lack of strength
- Bruising and tenderness
- Lack of interest in toys
- Bleeding from nose, mouth, or ears
The medical records you get from your doctor visits can come in handy if you decide to file a compensation claim. Your attorney can use them to prove the extent of your child’s injuries and the resultant costs.
Reducing the Risk: Car Restraints for Children
Road safety regulations require that children be restrained properly in a safety seat when riding in a car. If they are too young for restraints, they should be buckled up in a booster seat in the back seat facing away from the front of the vehicle. Lack of proper restraints raises the risk of severe or fatal injuries for children between 0 and 1 years by over 71 percent. Despite this, the CDC reports that nearly 40 percent of parents who don’t wear seatbelts also don’t restrain their children.
According to research by the CDC, over 618,000 children aged 1 to 12 are not buckled up when riding in vehicles. These numbers can be worrying, especially since infants and young children rely on their parents and guardians for safety on the road.
Replacing Your Car Seat
Following a moderate or serious car accident, the NHTSA recommends that you replace the safety seat in your vehicle for your child’s safety. You may only skip this precaution and retain the seat of the accident is considered minor. The criteria for determining whether a car accident is a minor include:
- If the airbags did not deploy
- If the car door closest to the seat was not damaged
- If you can drive away
- If no one was hurt in the crash
- If there is no visible damage to the safety seat
When in doubt, always err on the side of caution, purchase a new safety seat, or consult the seat’s manufacturer for recommendations.
Consult an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
An infant car accident injury can be devastating on your child and you as a parent. At Ponton Law, we are dedicated to securing favorable results for all our clients. Contact us today on (404) 860-2454 to schedule a free consultation with James Ponton, an experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney.