As an experienced traffic wreck lawyer, I know that car crashes are the among most common type of accidents involving children in Tarrant County, and because it's so difficult to travel around the Arlington-Fort Worth area without driving your own vehicle, there is a lot of traffic on the roads and highways. With so many cars and trucks on our roadways, it's not surprising that there are so many reports of collisions causing delays across the DFW Metroplex every morning.
Fortunately, many incidents result only in property damage - but it is not uncommon for serious personal injuries to occur as a result of a collision - and in the worst cases they can be fatal. In these situations, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention for any and all injuries suffered by you and your passengers. You should then consult with a board certified personal injury attorney who can review your individual situation and explain your legal rights. You may be entitled to substantial compensation which can help cover the cost of your hospital bills because of the treatment you required following the accident.
What is most startling is that children alone make up about 5% of the total fatalities from car wrecks. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in auto accidents. This averages out to about 700 children injured every single day!
One of the primary causes of death in a motor collision is that the passenger was not wearing a seat belt. For incidents involving children, this accounts for more than half of deaths. Not only is an unrestrained child a potential distraction to the driver of the vehicle, it also dramatically increases the chance that a child will suffer a much more serious injury or even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that a properly installed and used child safety seat or seat belt will reduce a child's risk of death by 70% for children under the age of 12.
While a parent can't control everything in an automobile accident, they can control seat belt use. So make sure all passengers are buckled in properly, or in an appropriate booster seat, to ensure that children are protected.
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