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Preventing and Identifying Injuries to Children in Car Accidents

Automobile accidents are always stressful and frightening events and can be made even scarier when your child is injured in a crash.  

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For children aged 10-14, auto accidents are the third leading cause of death, and for children between 5-9, the fourth leading cause.  Here are some tips to help keep your kids as safe as possible, to help reduce the possibility of them getting injured in a crash:

Keep Car Seats Rear-Facing Until Age 2

Previously, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended keeping the car seat read facing as long as possible, but in the current policy statement published in Pediatrics, the AAP  now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two.  Once they have outgrown the 3 point harness buckle, a booster seat (preferably with a back) should be used as long as possible.

 

Ensure Proper Car Seat Installation

Proper installation ensures that your child’s car seat will protect them properly in the event of a crash.  As every manufacturer has different designs and construction methods, its important to make sure that your car seat is installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.  The owners manual for pretty much any car seat can be found online if you have misplaced yours.  

 

Keep Children Under 12 Buckled and In the Back Seat

The back seat is always the safest place for a child to ride, and that goes for teens as well.    Not only are they located closer to the center of the vehicle, but they are also less susceptible to airbag injuries.   All children under the age of 12 should ride in the back seat, properly buckled up. 

 

Understanding Child Injuries

Childhood injuries differ from adult injuries in several ways.   Because their bodies are smaller, they can be more susceptible to internal injuries due to less space between organs and bone structures.  For this reason, broken ribs can be more likely to puncture the lungs or blood vessels. Head injuries are also one of the most common car accident injuries among children.  Whiplash is commonly reported and can occur at lower speeds than typically happen with adults.    One factor that makes child injuries even more challenging is the inability for young children to effectively articulate their symptoms.  This is where parents and care providers have to be extremely vigilant to body language and non-verbal communication in order to properly identify and assess injuries sustained by children. 

 

If you have been involved in a car accident and you or your child has been injured, it is critical that you speak with a reputable car accident lawyer. Knowing what your rights are, and what you’re entitled to can help you make the best-informed decision about how best to proceed, and protect your family.  if you have questions or would like to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation, call or email us today. We’re here to help.  

 

 

Lakota Denton

Lakota Denton

Lakota Denton is an Asheville, NC trial lawyer who focuses on recovering for injured people. Lakota has been practicing law in Asheville, N.C. since 2011. Lakota attended Keene State College in New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in psychology in 2000. Lakota played professional soccer after graduating from college. In 2011 Lakota graduated Cum Laude from Western New England college where he was awarded the Edward Cooley Award for Excellence in Labor Law, The CALI excellence for the future award for Labor Law, The CALI excellence for the future award for Jurisprudence Survey, The CALI excellence for the future award for Trial Methods, and was a member of the American Association for Justice Moot Court Team. Lakota has been practicing in his own firm since 2013, focusing solely on personal injury. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar association, the American Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers, and was awarded Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, the 2014 Top 40 Lawyers under 40, and the Avvo clients choice award. He has spoken at the Asheville Paralegals Association Luncheon and he served on the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Auto Torts leadership team in 2017. Lakota has won numerous jury trials with verdicts for his clients. For more information, contact our office.   

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