Child Injuries from Automobile Accidents – Who is responsible? What insurance applies?


Every day on Florida roads, children are injured as a result of an automobile accident. Many accidents result from the negligence of the driver of an automobile, truck, or motorcycle. Children cannot be held liable for any part of the negligence if the child is not driving. Typically, children under the age of 16 are not driving and are innocent victims of negligent drivers. Questions often arise as to insurance coverage and responsibility for medical bills, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life for the child. In addition, parents have related claims for the loss of services and support as a result of the child’s injuries. As a Florida child injury lawyer handling automobile accident cases, I am familiar with insurance requirements and claims as well as the litigation or lawsuits involving these cases. Children in Florida have unique legal rights that must be handled properly. In addition, the medical needs of a child greatly differ from that of an adult and it is important for the child to be treated by a doctor who is experienced in treating injured children. From a legal standpoint, it is important to get legal representation early in the process so that no rights are waived. Insurance companies and their adjuster and attorneys have an unfair advantage over the average consumer and it is important for the family of the Florida injured child to even the playing field by retaining legal counsel to advise, protect, and enforce the rights of the injured child.

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