It can be incredibly upsetting finding out that your child was injured in a car wreck, especially if the injury is severe. In the U.S., 1.6 million children were injured in car wrecks between 2002 and 2011. In 2015 alone, an estimated 178,000 children were injured in car crashes. In 2016, more than 128,000 children were injured in car crashes (a decrease of about 29% from the year before). Of the children under 13 who died in 2016 car crashes, 35% of them were not wearing seatbelts.
There are simple safety precautions that parents can take to lessen the likelihood of injury or death for their children. In Oklahoma, the law requires that babies and children younger than 2 years old to be buckled correctly into a rear-facing car seat of an appropriate size, and those car seats must be placed in the back seat of the car. Children who are older than two years old but younger than four years old are required to be in an appropriately sized forward-facing car seat. Children aged 4 to 8 are required to sit in a fitted car seat or booster seat until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall in height. Children 8 and up must always be buckled up properly and, though not required by law, should be sitting in the back seat.
Despite the best safety precautions, sometimes injuries and even death cannot be avoided because of the nature and severity of a collision. Regardless of the determined cause, if a negligent driver is potentially responsible for your child’s injury or even death, please contact us to discuss your legal options along with possible compensation.