Car accidents have long been one of the leading causes of child death in the U.S.. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motor vehicle crashes are responsible for 1 out of every 4 unintentional injury deaths in children under the age of 13.
When children or teens are injured in Michigan motor vehicle accidents, it is usually their parents who must file legal claims on their behalf.
Learn more about the causes of child car accident injuries, and how you can protect your child’s legal rights after any type of motor vehicle accident.
The Risk Factors For Child Car Accidents - And What Parents Can Do About Them
According to the National Safety Council, more children are hit by cars near schools than any other location. Heavy traffic and impulsive children can make it difficult to know where to go once school is in session, and it is therefore important for parents to familiarize themselves with drop off and pickup procedures at their child’s school before the year starts. Do not double park or otherwise block visibility. In crowded conditions, it is especially important that drivers be able to see around other vehicles. It is also important that children learn not to make impulsive or unexpected movements. In a crowded parking lot, other drivers will often have no space or time to react to your movements. Drivers should signal movements well in advance, and execute movements slowly to ensure that the path is clear.
One of the most important safety measures a parent can take is the use of an appropriate car or booster seat which is properly fit to the child’s size and weight. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015, 248 children under the age of five were saved by a car seat. It is critical that parents both find the appropriate car seat for their child and ensure that it is properly installed. Follow the NHTSA recommendations for appropriately-sized car and booster seats. Even when a child is old enough and large enough to graduate out of a booster seat, it is important to continue using safety measures within the vehicle. Children under twelve should always ride in the back seat. Seat belts should lie across the upper thighs, and fall snugly across the shoulders and chest. Seat belts which fall on the stomach, neck, or face cannot adequately restrain a child in the event of a collision
Teen Drivers With ADHD
Teen drivers face many different challenges in the journey to become safe, experienced motorists. These challenges are particularly great for teens who suffer from ADHD. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (“ADHD”) is a condition which makes it difficult for the teen to concentrate on a single task. This lead a group of researchers to examine whether ADHD was correlated with higher rates of teen driver accidents. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, determined that: (1) the crash hazard among new teen drivers with ADHD was 36 percent higher than the crash risk for teens who had not been diagnosed with ADHD; and (2) the risk for ADHD drivers remained elevated regardless of licensure type, gender, age, and medication.
If you or your child has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, be sure to consult with an experienced Macomb County car accident attorney as soon as possible. Your child has legal rights and interests which must be vigorously protected.