Children die all too often in car accidents. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Despite informational campaigns that warn parents that make sure that their children are secured properly in the vehicles and state laws mandating children be secured in car seats and in safety belts, children continue to die in car accidents. The fragility of a child plays a significant role in the survivability of accidents.
Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law know that it is every parent’s worst nightmare to find out the horrific news that their child has died. While we all recognize the utter tragedy a child dying in a car wreck is, the number of children killed in car crashes each year might make people wonder whether others pay attention to the inherent danger presented by a child, especially very young children, when riding in a car. We provide high-quality representation for families who suffered the tragic loss of a child at the hands of someone else’s negligence. In such cases, we seek, on behalf of our clients, maximum compensation under the law for the full value of the child’s life. Our attorneys leave no stone uncovered when investigating our clients’ claims in order to pursue all avenues of recovery.
The most recent statistics available illustrate the constant heartache car crashes cause. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately three children die each day on average in car accidents in the United States. In 2015 alone, over 35,000 people were killedin motor vehicle accidents. Almost 1,200 of those killed were children aged 14 or younger. That figure is 5% higher than 2014. However, if there is any good news, the number killed is much lower than 10 years earlier when 1,798 kids died in vehicle accidents. Some of the deceased were either pedestrians or bicyclists.
Children are prone to suffer serious injuries in auto accidents as well. The NHTSA estimated that 178,000 children were injured in car crashes in 2015. On average, 487 children were hurt in car wrecks that year. The number increased by 6 percent from 2014. But, the carnage was much higher a decade before. The NHTSA estimated that 208,000 children suffered injuries of varying degrees.
The statistics the NHTSA developed from analysis of all of the data available provide insight into two main reasons why so many children die or suffer injuries on our roads. The primary reason for child fatalities is that they are either unrestrained or improperly restrained in the vehicles. The NHTSA estimates that 66% of decreased drivers were not wearing a seatbelt and died as a result. The NHTSA extrapolated that the same number of youths were not wearing seat belts or in child safety seats when they were involved in a crash. The second leading cause of car crashes causing the death of a child is drunk or drugged driving. In 2015, 181 children died in drunk driving accidents. That is 181 tragedies that did not have to happen but did due to another’s recklessness.
Put Our Law Firm’s Over 39 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured or tragically lost a child in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 39 years.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.
Sources: cited within
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333