According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 163,000 children were injured in car accidents on U.S. roads in 2021 alone. Therefore, if your child was recently hurt as a result of a motor vehicle collision, they are not alone.
While there is some solace to be gained in understanding that others have weathered what your family is currently going through and have come out the other side, the devastation that is inspired by seeing your child suffer is a challenge that no parent should be compelled to endure. If you’re feeling understandably powerless right now, know that if your crash was caused by another’s negligence or intentional conduct, you may have opportunities for legal recourse available to you.
Taking the first steps toward a successful claim
Once your child’s immediate medical needs are addressed, it’s important to explore your family’s legal options to better ensure that your child receives proper compensation for their injuries and trauma. If possible, collect evidence from the accident scene. If you can gather photographs, witness statements and details of the involved parties, etc., know that these pieces of evidence can be pivotal in establishing liability.
To claim compensation, the first thing that has to be determined is who was at fault for the accident. Whether it’s another driver, a faulty vehicle component or hazardous road conditions, establishing that another was at fault for your child’s harm will help you to claim any and all compensation to which you’re rightfully entitled. If a satisfactory settlement isn’t reached, you have the option to take the case to court. This process is more prolonged, but it might result in higher compensation.
Know that you don’t have to pursue justice alone. By seeking legal guidance, you can advocate for your child’s interests in informed and supported ways.