Atlanta Children And Car Accidents
Children are frequent passengers in cars and trucks all over the metropolitan Atlanta area and throughout Georgia. Young kids ride with their parents to school, on errands, to sporting events, and doctors’ appointments. Because children are frequent companions in a parent’s car, they are, unfortunately, also frequent victims of car and truck wrecks. Sometimes, as with the adult driver, children escape significant injury and, after a few visits to the doctor, they are back at school and back to normal life. Of course, some children are not so lucky.
Over the last 15 years, we have seen children who have suffered head and brain injuries, as well as major orthopedic trauma (like spine injuries), and countless types of broken bones. Many of these injuries required surgery and prolonged rehabilitation, and result in significant financial and emotional strain on families.
What are the common types of car accidents involving children?
- T-bone collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- At-fault driver running a red light or stop sign
- One driver failing to yield the right of way
- Drunk and impaired driving
- Distracted driving (texting, improper use of a cell phone while driving)
- School bus accidents
- Drivers striking kids on bicycles or walking in the roadway
What are the common types of injuries suffered by children after Georgia car wrecks?
- Head and brain injury
- Fractured arms
- Fractured legs (tibia, fibula)
- Spine injuries
- Cuts from flying glass
- Airbag related injuries
What damages are a child allowed to recover after a car accident in Georgia?
The “short answer” is that Georgia children (under the age of 18) are allowed to pursue the at-fault driver, his employer/company (if the driver was on company business at the time of wreck), and his insurance company for almost all of the same types of damages that a Georgia adult may seek.
For instance, a child may seek to recover her medical bills which have been accrued as a result of the car accident and those which will be charged in the future (sometimes called “special damages”). Under Georgia law, a parent “owns” the child’s claim for medical expenses accrued through the child’s 18th birthday because the law states that the parents are responsible for such bills until the kid reaches the age of majority. After the child turns 18, she is legally responsible for her own medical bills (regardless of whether a parent elects to continue to pay them), so the child “owns” the claim for those medical expenses.
A child may also recover past and future pain and suffering damages (sometimes called “general damages”). What is that category of damages? In this context, pain and suffering damages are the law’s attempt to recognize and compensate for a child’s emotional and physical pain that frequently accompanies a car or truck accident. Such damages recognize simple concepts like a kid’s pain, tears, and frustration which accompany a broken arm or leg, missed sporting events, time spent in the hospital, and the like. And, these damages recognize more complex pain and suffering, such as that which follows a brain or spine injury, after which a child’s emotional trauma may begin to exceed her physical limitations. In sum, pain and suffering are those damages which try to place a legal value, through a monetary award, on physical pain and emotional hardship.
Next, just like an adult, a child may recover lost income. If the child is employed and has a reasonably consistent wage, these damages are not difficult to prove. Further, a child may recover punitive damages, which are like civil fines awarded to punish and deter reckless and egregious conduct. For example, punitive damages are available to a child who is injured in a wreck with a drunk driver or a driver impaired by drugs.
There may be other damages to which a Georgia child is entitled after a car accident. Our Atlanta-based child injury lawyers welcome your call for a free consultation to go over your and your child’s legal rights.
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