There is a steep learning curve when you become a new parent. One thing that moms and dads have to learn is how to properly secure their child’s car seat and son or daughter in their vehicle. This equipment is supposed to keep children safe if their parents are involved in a crash. Accidents happen though. Your newborn or very young child may be too small to verbalize if anything hurts if they’re involved in a crash. There are some steps that you should take after an accident to make sure that they’re okay.
You should always summons police and paramedics to the scene of the crash to document what happened and to check you out.
One thing that you’ll need to assess post-crash is whether you’re okay. You should avoid moving if you feel like something serious is wrong with you or your child until after paramedics have checked you out.
It’s typical for you to be shaken up and for your child to be upset and crying post-crash. If your child seems inconsolable, lethargic, to have insomnia or a loss of appetite in the hours and days following a crash, then you should have them rechecked by medical personnel. You should do the same if your child is having bowel or breathing problems, is vomiting, has motor skills difficulties, mood changes, bruising or bleeding as well. All of these may be signs that something serious is wrong with your son or daughter.
You should have your child see their pediatrician for a checkup in the days and weeks following a car accident, even if they aren’t showing any signs of problems.
It’s also important that you replace your child’s car seat after a crash. Baby carriers and booster seats and much like bicycle helmets. The shock-absorbing fabric that lines their car seat is only built to withstand one high-impact crash. It’s in your child’s best interest to replace their car seat to keep them safe in the future.
As a parent of a newborn or young child, you’d likely do anything to keep your son or daughter safe. If a negligent motorist struck your vehicle and injured you or your child here in Prince George’s County, then you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Your Maryland lawyer can advise you of legal remedies that you may be able to pursue in your case.