Florida Child Motor Vehicle Accident InjuriesApril 28, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Child Injuries | Share
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of child deaths. In 2018, 636 children 12 years old and younger tragically died in traffic crashes. More than 97,000 children were injured in motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
Following are a few examples of recent Florida motor vehicle accidents involving children being injured:
- In September 2020, a 7-year-old North Fort Myers boy tragically died of his injuries following an accident where the vehicle in which he was riding ran a red light.
- In February 2021, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy suffered injuries in an Englewood crash involving an SUV and a pickup truck.
- On March 18, 2021, the Florida Highway Patrol reported three children were taken to a Miami-Dade hospital for pediatric trauma alerts following a multi-vehicle crash.
The most common injuries children sustain in vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are:
- Head Injuries - These are the most likely injuries for children to sustain when in a car crash. Common head injuries include concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), unconsciousness, contusions, lacerations, and fractures at the base of the skull.
- Thoracic Injuries - Infants under 12 months old are most likely to suffer rib fractures and lung injuries. Internal bleeding can also occur.
- Glass Injuries - Broken windows can cause lacerations on a child’s face and body. These injuries can cause scarring.
- Fractures - Children commonly suffer hand, foot, and wrist fractures when bracing for impact. Should a child be thrown from a vehicle, femur and arm fractures are common.
- Neck Injuries – When there is a rapid back and forth movement of the neck during an accident impact, neck injuries may be the result. This commonly occurs in rear-end accidents.
- Psychological Injuries – Motor vehicle crashes can be traumatic events. Hours or even days after an accident, emotional trauma can occur. Therapy may be necessary to deal with emotional distress.
- Permanent Disability – If an accident causes spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, or the loss of a limb, the child is considered to have incapacitation injuries. These are permanent disabilities that most often are caused by rollover accidents.
“Should you or a loved one be injured in a vehicle accident, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. after seeking medical attention. We provide compassionate and skilled representation to families with a child who has been injured or killed in an accident attributable to the negligent or careless acts of another. We work with the child's family members to seek justice on the child's behalf. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases, and we provide personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. We are available to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you," said Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Car Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.