According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a car accident. Each state in the country has its own specific laws regarding child safety when traveling in a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the most appropriate safety restraint system to use to keep their child as safe as possible.
Tennessee’s Child Restraint law has clear rules for how a child should be secured at every age. A car accident can cause catastrophic injuries to a child, and that is why it is mandatory in every state for children under the age of 16 to be securely fastened while riding in a vehicle. If your child is injured in an auto accident, a skilled personal injury lawyer can advise you on steps for taking legal action against a negligent driver or manufacturer.
Pursuing Compensation for Child Car Accident Injuries
It is important for parents to do their research on child restraint systems before purchasing one for their child. Each seat should have an expiration date included in the packaging, but if it cannot be found, parents should replace a car seat every six years.
Tennessee Highway Safety also notes the dangers of purchasing a used car seat. Before it can be used, a parent should verify the following:
- Make sure the car seat has not been involved in any accidents.
- Find out if the car seat has missing parts.
- Confirm the car seat has not been recalled.
Even when the proper safety measures are followed, a car seat may be defective or faulty, which can lead to serious child injuries if an accident occurs. Parents can pursue compensation for medical expenses and other costs resulting from a child’s injury if they can prove the manufacturer was at fault. The parents should document (with photos or video) all injuries sustained after a car accident, as well as any other relevant information, and work with a personal injury lawyer to determine their best options for recovering compensation from a negligent manufacturer.
While defective car seats or auto parts may be to blame for a car accident, most collisions are caused by driver negligence. Drunk driving and distracted driving are often to blame for serious car accident injuries to children. Following a collision, you will typically be able to file a claim with the insurance company of the driver who was at fault, and even if the other driver did not have insurance, your own insurance policy will likely include coverage for uninsured or underinsured motorists. However, many insurance companies attempt to avoid paying for the full costs related to an accident, so it is important to speak to an attorney before making an insurance claim or accepting a settlement offer.
Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in a car accident, and you or your child sustained an injury, the Law Office of William F. Evans can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our skilled attorney will help you determine the full extent of the damages you have suffered, establish liability for the accident, and work to ensure that the negligent party or parties are held responsible. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County car accident lawyer, call 423-449-7980.