11Alive reports on a tragic accident that killed one child and injured another. The collision occurred at around 9:30 a.m. when the SUV that was transporting the two children ran a stop sign at the intersection of Jones Road and Highway 92 and was T-boned by another vehicle.
One of the children died at the scene. The other was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The driver of the vehicle that hit the SUV sustained minor injuries.
No tragedy can match the loss of a child. Despite recent advancements in automotive safety, motor-vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death for children in the United States.
Although no amount of money can undo the emotional trauma of losing a child, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and other damages by filing a wrongful death claim. Robert Finnell is a personal injury attorney in Atlanta who can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation at The Finnell Firm.
How Can Parents Help Their Kids Avoid Injuries in Car Accidents?
No matter how diligent you are behind the wheel, nobody can control the actions of other drivers. Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to help their kids avoid injuries in the event of a collision. The following three tips are particularly effective:
1. Make Sure Any Infant Children Sit in Rear-Facing Child Seats
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infants are 71-percent less likely to die in accidents if they are in an appropriate child seat. Any children up to age 1 who weigh less than 20 pounds should sit in a rear-facing child seat. According to the American Automobile Association, rear-facing child seats are more effective than forward-facing designs because they distribute the force of a crash across the entire shell of the car seat.
2. Make Sure Toddlers and Small Children Sit in an Appropriate Safety Seat or Booster Seat
According to the CDC, booster seats reduce the risk of severe injuries by 45 percent for kids ages 4 to 8 compared to adult seatbelts. Toddlers who sit in car seats are 54-percent less likely to die in accidents.
3. Lead by Example
Once your child is big enough to wear an adult seatbelt, it is important that you lead by example and buckle up before you start the engine. Your child might be reluctant to wear a seatbelt if you choose to ignore this essential safety step.
Unfortunately, even the most diligent drivers cannot avoid all accidents, and the best child seats cannot prevent all injuries. If you or your child was injured in a collision, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for medical bills and other damages.
Attorney Robert Finnell can evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and provide comprehensive legal guidance. Mr. Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years, and he has the knowledge, resources, and litigation experience to help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Georgia.