Parents will often go to great lengths to keep their children safe. While in the car, this often means using an age-appropriate car seat or booster seat to make sure the child is protected from injuries in case of an accident. However, in order to be most effective these child safety seats need to be properly installed.
Unfortunately, a 2-year-old Pennsylvania girl was recently killed in a car accident. According to reports, the car seat the little girl was riding in was not properly installed. However, that was not the cause of the fatal accident. In this case, police say that a car driven by a 29-year-old man drove through a stop sign at an intersection. As result of this conduct, police said, his car hit the car that the young girl, her 38-year-old mother and her 6-year-old sister were riding in.
Following the crash, the 6-year-old girl and the 2-year-old girl were both taken to a local hospital. Sadly, the 2-year-old was pronounced dead, while the 6-year-old had moderate injuries. At this point, the other driver has not been criminally charged in connection with the accident.
In cases like this one, it can often be difficult to determine exactly what or who caused the injuries in a fatal car accident. Therefore, families of fatal car accident victims – like the girl’s family in this case – may wish to ensure that an investigation of the accident takes place. This investigation will help to determine why the accident occurred and if it could have been avoided.
If negligence played a role in the accident, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death suit. This suit can help them to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral costs and pain and suffering. This money can never bring back the person they loved, but it can help avoid financial hardships caused by someone else’s negligence.
Source: The Record Herald, “Toddler is killed in vehicle crash,” Jan. 10, 2014