Protecting Children from Non-Traffic Auto Accidents in Texas
Tragic headlines appear far too often after children are injured in serious car accidents. However, a great many other kids suffer terrible injuries and even death in regards to parked cars – and those starting to back out of driveways.
Although many of these cases can prove very difficult for loved ones, our firm stands ready to help families like yours move forward after a child has been hurt. Fort Worth attorney Tom Hall is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he’s spent more than 30 years championing the cases of personal injury clients.
Please call our office today if you need a lawyer who will help you properly evaluate your case and tell you whether you should seriously consider filing a lawsuit against the negligent party involved.
If he takes your case, he will aggressively pursue all damages owed to your child for all current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related expenses. Please contact Mr. Hall’s Law Offices at 1-817-831-6100 today to schedule your FREE consultation.
Our office represents children and their parents after children suffer such injuries as:
- Fractured bones
- Disfigurement or loss of limbs
- Head or brain trauma
- Crushing injuries
- Asphyxia brought on by someone leaving your young child locked or trapped in a car in extremely hot weather. This is a violation of Texas Penal Code Ann. Section 22:10. The law states that a person “commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than five minutes [emphasis added]” while knowing the child is younger than age seven and not being looked after by someone in the vehicle who is at least age 14 or older. This offense is normally classified as a Class C misdemeanor;
Your attorney, Tom Hall, will explain all relevant aspects of the law concerning negligence that you’ll need to understand so you can follow why certain advice may be given to you regarding any remedies that may be open to you.
Your First Consultation at Our Fort Worth Non-Traffic Auto Injury Law Firm
Don’t allow anyone to get away with harming your child or the children of someone close to you without having to face the necessary legal consequences of such behavior. While you’re obtaining all of the medical care your child may require, Tom Hall will be putting his 30 years of experience as a personal injury trial attorney to work on your behalf, obtaining whatever justice may be available to you and your child. Call Today at 817-831-6100 for your FREE consultation.
When we offer our services to clients in these types of cases, we are often asked to provide any safety tips or guidelines we may know about that may help us better protect people’s other children – or those of their close family and friends from suffering similar injuries. Although we do not have a comprehensive list of suggestions we can offer to you, we can provide you with some of the following tips to help you and others from every accidentally inflicting any injury on a child in regards to non-traffic auto dangers. Whenever you are getting ready to get into your car and drive away, always:
- Warn your children to stay clear of the driveway. Tell them they must only approach the driver of a vehicle in a driveway by walking up toward the driver on his or her side of the vehicle, preferably calling out the driver’s name;
- When you can afford it, try to obtain one of the auto-sensors that can either alert you in advance to the presence of a child in your driveway behind your vehicle – or at the very least, have extensive rearview mirrors installed which provide you with ample vision of that area. Check it carefully before you begin to slowly back out – and while you continue to slowly head toward the end of the driveway;
- Teach your children to only climb into – or exit -- your vehicle from the driver’s side (while in your home driveway) to increase the chances that the driver will always be able to see them. If they don’t believe the driver can see them, tell them to be sure to call out to the drive and announce their presence without walking over any closer to the vehicle;
- At a time when you and your kids are not due to go anywhere, ask them to accompany you out to your car and practice with you how everyone should exit the vehicle in case of an accident. Remind them that whenever possible, to await your directions if you haven’t been injured or to always try to reach the side of the road or freeway when and if you’re already in the farthest right-hand lane. If you are in traffic, remind them to stay in the vehicle until you are able to direct them where to go. If one or more children need to be fastened into safety or booster seats, advise any older children how to help remove them from those seats in case you are ever injured in an accident and need that type of assistance;
- Always keep a fully charged cell phone, turned off, in your purse or a easily identified container on the front seat. Advise your children how to use it to call 9-1-1 if you’re all in an accident together and you personally are too injured to call for help;
- Every night before you go to bed, make sure you can quickly locate every set of keys to each vehicle. Agree with your spouse or partner where such keys should be kept at night so none of the children can find them and attempt to “borrow” a car or practice put a car into gear in the driveway. Also, expressly forbid your children from ever doing this with your vehicle or that belonging to someone else;
- When purchasing a new vehicle, always opt for any safety features available that will help you better protect your children – or those of friends or family who may be riding with you one day;
- After you’ve secure your children in the car before leaving, pocket the keys and take a quick walk around the vehicle to be sure there are no bicycles or other toys that could make your exit more hazardous. Likewise, especially if you’re transporting other children along with your own, go ahead and count heads to be sure you know where every child is located;
- Maintain a large container or box where your children can place their backpacks or other belongings in the back or trunk of the car before leaving. This can help prevent items flying around the car possibly causing injuries – or obscuring your vision once you prepare to leave;
- Always make sure all seatbelts and shoulder harnesses are fastened before trying to back out of your driveway or pull away from a curb;
- Discourage your children from using their cell phones or talking or texting while you’re driving. You need them to keep their eyes on the road and your surroundings to minimize the chances that a vehicle of any kind might be pulling up just as you’re preparing to enter traffic. This will also help them be better drivers in the future if they are not in the habit of using any cell phone in the car except when there’s a dire emergency.
Be sure to call the Law Offices of Tom Hall Today to schedule your FREE consultation concerning your child’s non-traffic auto injuries. Just call 1-817-831-6100.