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Posted On 03.02.13 by in Auto Accidents
More children are killed by car crashes than by any other single cause (NHTSA, children ages 1 to 12 in the United States).
Maryland Car Seat Laws
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene keeps a list of current Maryland child passenger laws:
Proper Types and Installation of Car Seats and Booster Seats
There are a number of useful governmental websites devoted to helping parents protect their children with proper car seat selection and installation. Safercar.gov provides information on car seats and booster seats according to age group, and includes recommendations about installation using safety belts and the LATCH system.
Additionally, parents can have their car seat and booster seat installation checked by licensed professionals, including police and fire, schools, and hospitals. Click here to find a representative near you.
Types of Maryland Child Car Accident Claims
When a child is injured in a car accident, there are several different types of claims that might be brought:
Value of a Child’s Car Accident Case
Children involved in an accident may be saved from injury by a properly-installed car seat or booster seat. Regardless, many parents understandably take their children to the emergency room or their pediatrician after a car accident to be safe. Those medical bills are recoverable in a lawsuit against a negligent driver.
Even when a child does not sustain injury and receives no medical treatment, children may be able to recover nominal sums in settlement or at trial for the accident. Older children sometimes have nightmares or anxiety caused by car accidents, and those emotional traumas are compensable under Maryland law.
If your child was injured in a car accident, contact our automobile accident lawyers at 1-800-776-4529, or online. We can evaluate your child’s claim, and let you know the expected settlement and trial values of the case.
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