Car accidents are the number one cause of death for children between 2 and 14 years of age, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Traffic collisions often prove fatal to children because a child is so small compared to the size of the vehicle, increasing the possibility for serious injury or even death.
If your child has been injured, or in the most horrible of circumstances, died in a car accident, our Fort Lauderdale child car accident injury lawyers are ready to discuss the possibilities of representing you. We care about your story and can only imagine the fear and grief that comes with such a terrible experience for your child, and for you.
Accidents are never intentional, but many of them are avoidable. Oftentimes, negligent and reckless actions cause car crashes and such actions—which can cause injury and death—are never acceptable. Careless conduct is inexcusable, which is why Florida gives its citizens the right to sue for damages from the negligent party whose actions led to the victims’ harm.
While receiving compensation to pay for the costs incurred from the accident is a just expectation, the process of actually achieving a successful claim for compensation is difficult and daunting. Big insurance companies and stubborn defendants stand against you, along with the complexity of forming the claim itself. Because of such opposition, experienced legal counsel is vital to navigating the weeks and months ahead on the journey towards the financial recovery you deserve. When it comes to your child’s injuries, you can rely on our car accident injury attorney to focus on your legal battle while you give your attention to your child’s recovery and healing.
Causes of Child Injury
Adults face danger in car accidents, but children even more so. The most common accidents that cause adults, and especially children, harm, are a result of:
- Road Rage
- Texting While Driving
- Distracted driving
- Not yielding the right of way
- Not abiding by traffic signals
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Children are highly susceptible to injury in car accidents not only because their bodies are smaller and less resilient than those of adults, but they also are in danger if their safety equipment (such as car seats and booster seats) is defective or unsafe.
In such cases where equipment fails, the compensation can be demanded from multiple parties. The driver at fault will be held partially responsible, but the company that manufactured the equipment may also face legal demands for compensation, as well.
Florida Child Passenger Laws
According to Florida state law, children under the age of 5 are required to ride in the proper child restraint device for protection. Florida law specifies that children under the age of 3 be in a separate car seat, or an integrated car seat, and for children from the ages of 4 to 5 to have an integrated car seat or a seat belt.
Unlike many other states, Florida does not have rules concerning how and where a car seat must be situated. But the recommendation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that a rear-facing approved infant car seat be located in the back seat until the baby weighs 20 or more pounds. The child should under no circumstances be placed in the front passenger seat, near active air bags. Even in a minor accident, air bags deploy at 200 mph, enough force to kill a child.
If a person fails to adhere to Florida’s laws about properly restraining children in the proscribed secure manner, that person can receive points on the license for the first offense, along with a $60 fine.
What to Expect When Hiring Our Car Accident Injury Lawyer
Taking legal action for your child’s car accident injuries as soon as possible is critical. The sooner the litigation process begins; the sooner you can receive the compensation you need to help your child heal. Sensitivity to time is something we at GMV Law Group know well. We know the order and time in which to take the necessary steps to complete your lawsuit, and our goal is to make the process as easy as possible for you and your child.
Our Broward County car accident lawyers offer comprehensive legal counsel. As soon as you hire GMV Law Group as your attorney, we start a thorough and intense process: collecting evidence, consulting with experts, interviewing witnesses, developing a legal strategy for your case, and if necessary, fighting for you in court. Our goal is to prove the negligence of the defendant whose actions brought harm to your child, and we are determined to leave no stone unturned in our investigation and analysis.
We do all this work on a contingency basis, which means our personal investment in your case is directly tied to yours. We only collect legal fees if we win financial recovery for you, which offers you a low-risk opportunity. This is especially important to us as we consider that, after an accident, people’s entire lives are deeply affected, including their finances. We don’t expect your finances to be in order for us to begin working for you. We’ll start immediately, work eagerly to win the financial recovery you deserve, and we won’t receive compensation for case unless we achieve that victory for you.
Our offices are based in Broward County, a convenient location for clients throughout Southeastern Florida. We represent people in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Weston, Sunset, Davie, and locations throughout Broward County.
If your child has been injured in an accident due to someone’s negligence, set up a free consultation with our car accident lawyers now at 954-530-6206. You can also send us an online message, and we will reply as quickly as possible to your inquiry. Contact us today so that we can pursue the possibility of helping you in this difficult time.
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