If your child has been in an accident, you may have some questions. Our personal injury lawyers will provide you with the answers!
- What To Do After Your Child Accident
- What Causes Child Accidents?
- Who's Responsible If A Minor Is In A Car Accident?
- How To Prevent Child Accidents
- After Your Kentucky Child Accident
What To Do After Your Child Accident
You should take your child to see a doctor immediately after the accident. The doctor will look them over, run tests and provide a treatment plan for the child to follow. It’s not uncommon for the first few days after a child accident that they are more easily startled, upset or stressed. These reactions usually go away after a few weeks. However, if these feelings persist, you should take your child to see their doctor again. The doctor will help you better understand how to help your child through this difficult time after their accident.
What Causes Child Accidents?
Children are curious, and they have a lot of energy. They're more likely to do things that could hurt them. Some of the most common causes of child accidents include:
- Caretaker losing patience
- Daycare abuse
- School injuries
- Motor vehicle accident
- Playground equipment
- Accidental poisoning
- Drowning or swimming accident
Who's Responsible If A Minor Is In A Car Accident?
In Kentucky, a parent or legal guardian must sign for a minor before they are able to obtain their driver’s license. By doing this, the parent or guardian is responsible for the minor’s actions. This includes vehicle accidents. Kentucky law states: “Any negligence of a minor under the age of eighteen who has been licensed upon an application as provided by KRS 186.470, when driving any motor vehicle upon a highway, shall be imputed to the person who signed the application of the minor for the license. That person shall be jointly and severally liable with the minor for any damages caused by the negligence.”
This means the parent’s or guardian’s insurance will cover any damages caused by the minor. Also, Kentucky law imposes liability on the owner of the vehicle who causes or knowingly permits a minor to drive a vehicle. This also applies to anyone who gives or furnishes a vehicle to a minor. Therefore, in Kentucky, even if the minor is insured, the individual who signed the application can still be responsible for the minor’s negligence.
How To Prevent Child Accidents
While parents and guardians can’t avoid all accidents, they can help prevent them. Here are some ways to help keep your children safe and prevent accidents:
- Keep guns, choking hazards, toxic items, and sharp items out of a child's reach.
- Use safety gates and outlet covers.
- Always supervise your children, especially when they are swimming or playing with animals.
- Be a good role model.
- Teach your children about safety so they know how to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
After Your Kentucky Child Accident
If your child has been injured in a child accident, you need to get legal advice as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure any evidence that will help your child’s case can still be gathered. You’ll want to make sure that the evidence is not destroyed. A child accident attorney can help you understand your child’s case and Kentucky law. You want an attorney who cares about you. You'll find all that and much more in Mike Schafer, Bryan Meader, and The Schafer Law Office.
With Mike Schafer and Bryan Meader on your side, you’ll be in good hands. The Schafer Law Office has been helping personal injury victims get compensated for more than 25 years. Unlike big law firms who will have other people work on your case, Mike or Bryan is personally involved in every case.
The Schafer Law Office knows the challenges and pitfalls of personal injury cases (especially in Kentucky), all the tactics of the “other” side and how to best present the facts. They can handle the brutal tactics of the insurance companies. In fact, before Mike opened The Schafer Law Office in personal injury and accident law, Mike worked for an insurance defense firm. He really knows all the tactics the insurance companies have up their sleeves.