By Pendergast Law on June 25, 2013
Parents of child victims who have been injured in Seattle car accidents are often too emotionally distraught to consider all of their legal options. It is common for families to miss their opportunity to receive support for their considerable losses. Aside from seeking out medical attention for the injuries suffered in the crash, seeking the guidance of an experienced Seattle car accident attorney is one of the best ways to protect your child’s rights.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 171,000 children aged 14 or younger were injured in car accidents in the year 2011. An average of three children 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured in United States car accidents every day that year.
Parents try their best to protect their children, but there are simply too many factors that are outside of their control. There is little you can do to prevent a car accident from occurring if a distracted or speeding driver runs a red light and crashes into your vehicle. There are steps you can take, however, to ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable for their actions.
If your child has been injured in a car accident, it is important that you collect as much evidence as possible. It may prove useful to have:
- The name, number, address, and insurance information of the at-fault driver
- Contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the crash
- Photographs of the crash site, damage to the vehicle, and the injuries suffered by your child
- Medical records documenting the severity of the injuries
- Medical bills and all other expenses
- A copy of the police report
Once you have gathered as much valuable information as possible, it is advisable to speak with an experienced Seattle car accident attorney who will help guide you through the claim process. At the Seattle law offices of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we help families protect their children’s rights. Please contact us at 888-539-9211 for a free and comprehensive consultation.