A car accident is bad enough if it is just you in the car. But when your child is in the car, you have another person to worry about, and maybe prioritize ahead of yourself. It’s not enough anymore to worry about your own injuries and how they affect your quality of life- you now need to worry about that for your child as well.
For this article, the assumption is that the child is a passenger in the accident. For more information on teen drivers, visit our Teenage Drivers page.
What Should I Do If My Child is in a Car Accident?
After getting into a car accident with your child, there are a few steps you should follow.
What Happens When a Child Is Involved In a Car Accident?
Your insurance, and the other driver’s insurance, will treat accidents involving children differently than other types of accidents. As the parent, you will receive separate compensation for any medical bills your child may have. While your child has the right to compensation for injuries, emotional distress, job loss, loss of future wages, and disability, they will not be able to negotiate for themselves. Either you will have to negotiate on their behalf as a parent, or you may hire a personal injury attorney to negotiate on behalf of both you and your child.
Additionally, in Arizona, if your child’s settlement is over $10,000, you will need the signed approval of a judge. If your child’s settlement is under $10,000, approval is not required.
How Can a Car Accident Affect a Child’s Development?
A car accident, even a minor one, can affect your child in many ways. Here’s a list of the most common ways that a child’s development may be affected.
How Many Minors Die In Car Accidents Each Year?
Each year, approximately 4,000 children in the US die in a car crash, accounting for about 1/5 of all child deaths. In Arizona in 2020, 45 minors (children under 18) were killed as passengers in car accidents. 4,707 more were injured.
Resources Near You
If you and your child have been in a car accident, here are some resources in the Phoenix Valley.
Get Help Now
At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from car accidents, including children in car accidents. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.
If you have been in a car accident that is not your fault, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa, Globe, and Queen Creek.
Get in touch with us today for your free consultation.Schedule Now
Call (480) 634-7480 & Speak To One Of Our AttorneysSubmit your information and we will reach out soon