Even though everyone knows that children ride in motor vehicles, cars are
nonetheless manufactured with adults in mind. This is especially true
when the front seat is designed. This means that car accidents impact
children in different ways as compared to adults.
Experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that children are more susceptible than adults to certain types of
injuries when there is a car accident.
When there is a rollover accident, children are more likely than adults
to have an incapacitating injury.
Head injuries are also the most common injury that children have when in a
car accident. They too suffer more from car accident lung and chest injuries. Infants
are especially prone to concussions when involved in car crashes, and
children over two years old are more likely to sustain a skull fracture.
The latter is also more likely to be bruised and cut.
Due to the reflections above, there are some special considerations that
you should regard. Airbags are not designed to protect child passengers.
They do not deploy at a suitable angle for children and their force is
too great. In short, they can do more harm than good for child passengers.
This is just one reason that children should not sit in the front seat.
In regard to overall safety, research shows that children are most safe
in the back seat or in the middle row of a vehicle when there is a frontal
crash. They are also in no greater harm by being in the back seat during
a rear collision; the front seat is no safer even in
rear end collisions. In fact, the likelihood is more than twice as great for child injury
when they are sitting in the front seat.
With this in mind, remember that
children’s brain, organs, and bones are in continuous development. Since not fully developed, physical trauma
to the body can negatively impact future development. For example, bones
may not grow properly.
Brain trauma can lead to psychological impairments, learning disabilities, and behavioral
problems. Even more alarming is that serious injury can occur even in
low impact collisions, especially so if the child is not restrained, improperly
restrained, and or if the restraint system was defectively designed and
This means that the pain and suffering will persist for a much longer time.
Medical bills will continue for longer as well. Rehabilitation will last
for perhaps years longer than it would for an adult. The child may just
never be the same again. The costs associated to these things are compensable
via civil litigation if your child was injured through the negligence
Are you interested in learning more about car seat safety and liability?
To learn more from our latest article on car seats, liability in a car
accident, and what happens when the car seat is defective
by clicking here. Click here to learn how properly purchase a car seat and set it up for
your child in
our blog post available here. Also learn more about car accident statistics regarding car seat usages in
our blog post by clicking here. Learn about defective car seats and what to do in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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