Being involved in a car accident is scary, especially if your kids are traveling in the car with you. Whether they are in a booster seat or sitting shotgun, kids can be very prone to injury during an auto accident. Below, we explain some of the more common injuries suffered by children in car crashes, and we explain why.
According to data from the US Department of Transportation, the most common injuries to kids during an accident are:
- Head Injuries/Concussions
- Chest Injuries
- Organ Injury
- Back Injuries
Additionally, children over the age of one were more likely to suffer cuts, bruises and head fractures than children under the age of one, but the younger children were more prone to concussions during an auto accident. Also, children were about 10 times more likely to suffer an incapacitating injury during a rollover accident than any other kind of auto accident.
As you’re probably already aware, the safest position for a child in the car is in the second row of seats. Studies have shown that children are less likely to be injured in a front and side collision if they are in the second row of seats. Children in the front seat were more than twice as likely to be injured in a front end crash than those in the back seat, but there was no difference in injury rates in rear-collisions.
Get To A Doctor
A lot of things will be racing through your mind in the wake of an auto accident involving your children, but one of the most important things you should do is to make an appointment with a pain doctor. Because of their growing bodies and skeletal development, any injuries can have particularly serious consequences for children. Head injuries can result in memory loss, headaches and reading disabilities, while injuries to other parts of the body can cause permanent disability or improper bone growth.