No matter who the victim is, when one is injured in a truck accident it can be a difficult story to hear. When children are involved; however, there is typically an added sense of devastation felt due to the innocence of the young victims involved. Truck accidents are in many cases fatal and hearing that a child has been fatally or seriously injured in this type of accident opens a floodgate of questions such as what could have been done to prevent it and how do their loved ones move forward in the aftermath?
“Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States.1 But many of these deaths can be prevented.
In the United States during 2010, more than 1,200 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 171,000 were injured.”
For more statistics on child passenger safety, please visithttp://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Child_Passenger_Safety/CPS-Factsheet.html.
According to the Houston truck accident attorneys of 1800 CAR WRECK, although some accidents are unforeseeable, and there is no way to tell what mistakes truck drivers will make in advance, safety measures can be taken by parents and caregivers to ensure the safe transport of a child in their care. These include:
~Using child restraint systems for young passengers in accordance with recommended guidelines for their age group
~Never allowing a child to ride with a driver who has been drinking
~Driving at safe, legal speeds
~Not driving too closely behind 18-wheelers
~Not making sudden maneuvers to cut in front of a truck, especially in cases where there is another vehicle in their blind spot