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Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys Representing Families of Children Killed in Motor Vehicle Crashes


June 04, 2018

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 to 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. Consequently, some children might be killed in a car crash merely because they are not strong enough to survive the impact. However, other children die needlessly in car accidents every year because their parent or guardian fails to take the appropriate safety precautions. 

We at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, sympathize with you and your family if you lost a child in a car accident. We have represented numerous families throughout Georgia whose children died in car wrecks due to others’ negligence. We know that no sum of money can repair the hole in your heart left by the untimely death and we would never presume to think that. However, we fight hard on behalf of the families of those tragically killed because of the negligence of others in order to obtain for them the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled under the law. . 

The death of one child is one too many. Even the most hardened insurance defense lawyers would agree with that proposition. 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 makes one wonder whether people pay attention to the inherent danger presented by a child, especially very young children, when riding in a car. 

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 killed in 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 10years 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. However,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 seatbelts or in child safety seats when they were involved in a crash. Anyone dying, especially a child who dies, by not using the appropriate safety equipment is a senseless loss of life that can be so easily prevented.

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. 

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If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of 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 36 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Source: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Publication/812383

 

Category: Personal Injury

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