Car Accident Wrongful Death: When a Child Has Been Killed

Posted on February 24, 2018

Here’s a terrifying fact: Car accidents are a leading cause of childhood deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are many ways that these accidents can be prevented by drivers who focus solely on the road, to the proper use of car seats in children. Parents using car seats correctly can reduce these deaths by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. However, because many parents use car seats improperly without even knowing it, a child could be at a higher risk for injuries or death in an accident. 

There are many ways that these accidents are prevented every year in the U.S. Here are some CDC recommendations concerning car seat use:

  • Pay attention to your child’s height, weight, and other elements to determine which seat they should be using at each time.
  • Never sit your children in front of an airbag, as this could be detrimental in the event of an accident.
  • Forward facing car seats can be used from age 2 to 5.
  • Car seats should be installed correctly. If you can’t do this yourself, there are many certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians who may be able to help.

All 50 states have laws that address child seats. These laws are meant to protect children from car accident wrongful death cases. What happens when your child has been killed in an accident due to another party? How do these cases work and how will you be able to gain compensation due to your losses?

Car Accident Wrongful Death Cases Involving Children

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Nobody wants to think about the terrible event of losing his or her children in a wrongful death case. However, when these accidents do unfortunately take place, you may wonder how you can seek damages against a negligent party. Some of the damages that are typically recoverable in cases involving children include medical and hospital bills, loss of consortium for the companionship a child provided, and funeral expenses. Parents can even go as far as to seek damages for aspects like loss of financial support that the parents received from the child. This happens in cases where a child may have been helping with finances around the house while they lived with their parents.

The courts will consider aspects of the child’s age, health, and capacity of the child to determine just how much should be granted in a case like this. The damages tend to be extensive, seeing as nobody should ever lose a child. If you are a parent who has lost a child in a car accident wrongful death, you may wonder where to turn for help.

At the Accident Law Group, we help you prove a party liable for damages in your case when you have lost a child. Perhaps all of the details in your case are not clear to you, which is where an attorney may be able to help with these different aspects you never considered. We can help you compensate on behalf of your child, who lost their life unfairly in a car accident. Call us today for more information at 602-262-4254.

Sources

https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/damages-for-wrongful-death-of-a-child