Semi crashes are extremely dangerous and pose a high risk of being deadly. They are even more dangerous to the lives of child passengers in cars. These most innocent of victims are unfortunately part of a high death toll statistic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2010, more than 1200 children ages 14 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes.
According to the Hudson Star-Observer, two children died as the result of a semi accident. On the highway, an SUV and a truck collided in an accident. For unknown reasons, the SUV began to spin sideways on the road into the path of a truck. As a result of five passengers total being in the car, three different families are now suffering loss from this accident.
While you as a drive cannot stop others on the road from being reckless or negligent, there are steps that drivers can take to increase the safety of their child passengers and prevent death from negligent drivers. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocate the use of safety belts and car seats. In fact, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and by 54% for children between 1 to 4 years old. Additionally, a child should never be seated in front of an airbag because this can injure or kill a child in a crash that otherwise could have been survivable. Furthermore, there are different safety requirements for different ages. For those age 2 and under, the child should be in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of the car and buckled in. For those between age 2 and 5, the child should be in a forward-facing car seat in the back seat of the car and buckled in. For those between age 5 and 9, the child should be in a booster seat in the back seat of the car and buckled in. After this age group, and once the child is too tall for car seats, the child should remain in the back seat and buckled in, until they are over the age of 12. Also, the middle of the back seat of the car is the safest spot in the vehicle.
Our firm cares about the rights of minors who have suffered in motor vehicle accidents. If you are the parent, guardian, or caregiver of a child who has been injured or killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident, our Chicago accident attorneys can advocate on behalf of the minor passenger. Our firm has worked on a multitude of automobile accident cases in the past with successful verdict. Call for a free consultation so that you and your child can obtain the compensation you deserve.