In Knox County, there were a total of 23 car accidents caused by drivers 15 years old and younger throughout 2003, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security. Of course, this does not include the number of injuries, deaths, and occupants which are considered children.
There is no denying that having a child injured in a car accident is one of the worst and most emotionally draining experiences anyone could ever imagine. Unfortunately, each hour of the day nearly 150 children under the age of 19 are being treated in the emergency room for injuries. These injuries may last for the entire lifetime of that child either physically or emotionally.
At Greg Coleman Law, our car accident lawyers believe that if your child has been injured due to the negligent actions of another individual, that negligent person must be held responsible and pay for all the losses and damages they have caused. Our attorneys will provide each client with the legal guidance needed to achieve the MAXIMUM compensation benefits for their losses and damages.
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Common Auto Injuries to Children
Statistics provided by the National Highway Safety Administration demonstrate that children who sit in the front seat are twice as likely to sustain an injury as children who are properly seated in the back of the vehicle.
Some common auto injuries to children include:
- Airbag injuries
- Asthma attacks
- Bone fractures
- Broken glass injuries
- Car seat injuries
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Psychological damage
- Seatbelt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Wrongful death
If your child has been injured in an auto accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for their injuries. This medical attention will also provide you with documentation needed by our experienced attorneys to develop a robust case against these negligent and injury causing individuals.
Stages of Car Seats
As a way of protecting our children, there have been four stages of car seats developed. These car seats are based on the age, height and weight of the child in order to provide the most protection to them in the case of an accident.
These stages include:
- Stage 1 These are rear-facing car seats and are intended to be used by infants between five and 22 pounds.
- Stage 2 These are front-facing car seats and are intended to be use by children 22 to 42 pounds. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep children in rear-facing car seats until two years of age.
- Stage 3 These are front-facing car seats and use a five-point harness to fully secure the child. This should be used for children over 40 pounds and can be used to reposition in your cars existing safety belt system.
- Stage 4 These are front-facing car seats and are intended for children 40 to 100 pounds. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that parents use a booster seat to properly position the seatbelt on the child. These systems have no back and assure the seatbelt properly crosses the lab and chest.
During all of these stages, your child should be sat in the back seat. It has been proven that children in the back seat are much safer and sustain far less injuries and deaths than those who ride as a front seat passenger.
Car Seat Manufacturers
As responsible members of this Knoxville community, our lawyers have gathered some information regarding car seat manufacturers. Each manufacturer allows for people to contact them regarding any questions, and to help discover which special features are offered by each manufacturer.
Some car seat manufacturers include:
This table will assist parents in searching for most effective car seat for their specific vehicle and needs, while providing the top level of protection to their child.
Contact Our Knoxville Car Accident Lawyer today
Having achieved over $250 Million in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience needed to successfully handle your specific auto injury litigation. With our primary office located in Knox County, Tennessee, our lawyers are able to serve clients throughout the entire state and elsewhere needed.
Some local Knox County locations our lawyers serve include:
- Hardin Valley
While serving the surrounding towns, cities, and suburbs, Greg Coleman Law welcomes all injured victims to call our law firm at (865) 247-0080, or complete the Free Case Review form on this page to begin exploring your legal options today.