Most parents prioritize keeping their children safe. You likely use the recommended child safety seat and proper seatbelt mechanisms when in the car.
Unfortunately, these protective measures aren’t always enough and if your child is involved in a car accident, they can experience serious injuries. While you can file a lawsuit to recover damages for your child’s injuries and pain and suffering, understanding how your child may be injured is also helpful.
Modern vehicle safety features
Knowing the injuries your child may sustain is important. However, it’s also worth mentioning that modern vehicles are safer for adults and children than they have ever been in the past, thanks to new technology and safety features. Making sure you use the seatbelts properly is one of the most important things you can do when your child is in the vehicle.
Common child injuries in car accidents
It’s possible for children to sustain injuries in several different ways when involved in a car accident. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Head injuries: This includes things like fractures to the skull, lacerations, concussions, and contusions.
- Abdominal injuries: Children under the age of one are likely to experience broken ribs and lung injuries, resulting in internal bleeding. These injuries are typically caused by their child seat restraints.
- Whiplash: Just like adults, children can experience whiplash. This is usually even more severe in children since the tissues in their necks are extremely delicate.
Your rights to compensation after a car accident
Just like adults, children (and their parents) can receive compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident. It’s best to seek medical treatment right away to get the injuries documented. This is going to help you protect your rights.