Terrifying, Devastating, Overwhelming, Horrible, Awful . . . There really are no words to express the terror, the fear and the desperation a child must feel moments before he or she is hit by a car, the helplessness of a parent of a child who has been hit by a car, the guilt of a driver who has collided with a child, or the inconsolable feeling of loss when a child has been killed in such a tragic manner.
Sadly the parents of an average of 630 children each year will mourn the loss of a child who has been killed as a result of being hit by a car as a pedestrian. Another 39,000 children are seriously injured as pedestrians each year due to careless or distracted drivers.
If your child has been hit by a car, leaving them seriously injured, you need attorneys Brigham Cluff and David Cluff on your side to help you and your child get the compensation you deserve. The types of injuries that can occur when a child has been hit by a car are vast, and the road to recovery is long, especially when there has been brain trauma or spinal injury. Money is the last thing that you want to have on your mind. Let us handle everything. We will do the worrying, the paperwork, the negotiations with the insurance companies, the gathering of evidence, the photographing of the accident site, the interviewing of witnesses, the investigation to determine fault, retrieval of police reports, and the attending to the many other details after an accident so that you can focus on the most important detail of all…the healing, recovery, and rehabilitation of your child.
If you have lost a child due to the negligence of someone else, please call us today. Do not wait. You and your family need to mourn. You and your family need to celebrate the life of your child. You and your family do not need to burden yourselves with the added worry of how you will afford the funeral costs or the medical bills, ambulance fees, etc. Yet, it is also important that the investigation begin immediately—let us handle that. David Cluff and Brigham Cluff will get to work on your case right away. We will work with the insurance company so you can grieve the loss of your child and get the support you need during this devastating time.
Help Your Child Avoid An Accident
The maturity level of children, especially children under the age of 10, does not allow them the ability to correctly gauge the speed of vehicles, putting them at greater risk for injury or death, so it is imperative you teach your children the basics of pedestrian safety.
Safety Tips For Children:
(Source: Safe Kids)
- “STOP, LOOK and LISTEN”. It is important that parents and guardians teach young people not just to look both ways before crossing the road or walking past a driveway but to STOP and LISTEN as well because many cars or trucks may not be visible to a child but can be heard. This extra step could save the life of your child.
- Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Just because you can see the driver, does not mean the driver can see you!
- Walk, DO NOT RUN, across the street.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Parents and children should hold hands in parking lots.
Parent Safety Tips:
- Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has good traffic skills and judgment.
- Make sure children know to cross the street 10 feet in front of a school bus (never behind), and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.
- Teach your child never to run out into a street for a ball, a pet, or any other reason.
- Make sure your child plays in safe places away from motor vehicles, such as yards, parks and playgrounds, and never in the street.
- Fence off play areas from driveways and streets.
- Check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or a parking space.
- Obey speed limits, especially in heavy pedestrian areas.
- Take a CPR course.
By following the safety tips above and consistently teaching your children these safety tips you can drastically reduce the chance of your child being hit by a car. But unfortunately you and your child cannot account for all other drivers on the road. If a child is hit by a car it is essential that you know what to do in such an emergency.
What To Do In The Event Of Car/Pedestrian Accident:
At the scene of an accident:
- DO NOT MOVE a child who has been hit by a car! Serious spinal injuries may have occurred, and moving the child may result in further injury.
- Perform CPR, if appropriate.
- Call 911.
- Keep the child awake, if possible.
- Try to keep the child calm and relaxed.
- Ask witnesses to help in retrieving driver information.
As soon as possible after an accident:
- After the child has been treated and is safe, write down what happened. You may not want to relive the details of such a terrifying moment, but it is important for your child that the police and your attorneys have accurate information.
- Keep damaged personal items.
- Call attorneys Brigham Cluff and David Cluff
You and your child deserve to have the best possible child injury lawyers you can get on your side, and when you call Williams & Cluff that is exactly what you’ll get! With Brigham Cluff and David Cluff you are getting decades of experience in serious accident injury cases. Let us put that knowledge and experience to use for you! Remember, our contingency fee means we don’t get paid unless you do.