A 10-year-old was recently killed in a two-vehicle accident that occurred in Lenawee County. According to Michigan law enforcement, a minivan being driven by a 50-year-old woman attempted to pass a vehicle in an area that was designated as “no passing.”
The minivan then collided with a second vehicle, whose driver was subsequently transported to a nearby medical facility with non-life threatening injuries. The minivan driver was also transported to a medical facility with serious injuries. Additionally, a boy who was riding in a minivan was transported to a facility where he later died from his injuries.
Having a child injured in a car accident is a devastating situation for parents. Additionally, the injuries that children can incur in these accidents often last a lifetime.
A Few of the Most Common Michigan Car Accident Injuries
No matter how a child is injured in an accident, the first thing to do is seek medical treatment. Ensuring the child’s health is paramount, but creating a paper train of medical treatment will also help with future personal injury claims. After that, it is a wise idea to obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney in seeking compensation.
Some of the most common injuries that Michigan children face following car accidents include:
- Airbag injuries. Children who are placed in the front seat are more likely to be injured than children located in the back of a vehicle due to the force of front passenger airbags.
- Chest injuries. The force of the restraints in a car seat can cause children to experience a number of serious injuries including lung damage, internal bleeding, and rib fractures.
- Children can suffer hand, foot, and wrist fractures due to car accidents. Children who are ejected from vehicles are at an increased risk of experiencing fractures.
- Glass injuries. A broken window or windshield can lead to lacerations on a child’s face.
- Head and neck injuries. A 2010 Department of Transportation study revealed that head injuries are the most common complication faced by children involved in car accidents. These injuries can manifest in a number of ways including concussion, contusions, skull base fractures, traumatic brain injury, and whiplash. The most serious injuries can result in developmental and cognitive difficulties as well as death.
- Permanent disability. Injuries like spinal cord damage, loss of limbs, and nerve damages are most likely to occur in rollover accidents. Additionally, rollover accidents are known to result in the highest fatalities for children.
- Psychological difficulties. Even if children do not experience head trauma as a result of a car accident, they are still at risk of experiencing severe psychological problems caused by emotional challenges. These psychological difficulties can result in children requiring months or years of therapy.
Speak with an Experienced Accident Attorney
If your child was injured in a car accident, it is important to understand that an experienced accident attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Contact Jay Trucks & Associates, PC today to schedule a free initial consultation.