7-year-old Still in Critical Condition after Rollover Car Accident in Salisbury

A car accident in Salisbury left a 7-year-old passenger in critical condition, according to the Salisbury Post. The accident happened when the young passenger and her mother were thrown from the vehicle after. Reports indicate the mother lost control of the car, over-corrected and flipped on Old Concord Road. Neither the mother nor the child were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. After being treated for serious injuries, the young passenger will now undergo surgery.
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“She had surgery to repair her leg, she will have a tracheotomy and a feeding tube put in,” the child’s aunt told the newspaper.

Our North Carolina car accident attorneys understand that car accidents are the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 14. While this young girl was not killed in the accident, she was severely injured. She will get a tracheotomy to open up her windpipe. Her right leg was also broken in two different spots. Her mother, the driver, sustained a concussion, but is expected to recover. The latest updates indicate that the young passenger is still listed in critical condition.

Guidance counselors at the young girl’s school are planning to use this unfortunate event as a time to talk with students about the importance of buckling up during every car ride. Teachers are now working this message into their classes. The school is planning on holding a safety awareness week in the spring to discuss seat belt safety with the students.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were roughly 1,300 individuals under the age of 14 who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Statistics show that another 179,000 were injured throughout the year. One recent study concluded that in only one year, nearly 620,000 children under the age of 12 rode in vehicles in which parents failed to use a child’s car seat or a booster seat for their young passengers.

The use of seat belts and the proper use of child restraint systems oftentimes depend on the driver’s seat belt usage habit. Roughly 40 percent of children who ride with an unbelted driver don’t buckle up themselves.

Car seats and booster seats are often used incorrectly. A CDC study figured that they’re used incorrectly more than 70 percent of the time. Misuse of these devices can greatly increase risks for child injury in the event of an accident.

Children who are 4- to 7-years-old should be riding in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they meet the height and weight limit of the seat. Once they outgrow this seat, they’re instructed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ride in a booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle. For more information on child seat recommendations, visit the NHTSA’s Child Safety website.

Contact the child injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or your child has been injured in a traffic-related accident. We offer free consultations to accident victims in North and South Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an injury lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

7-year-old crash victim undergoes surgeries, by Shavonne Potts, Salisbury Post
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