Being involved in a car accident with a carload of young children is a parent’s worst nightmare. Though young children are required to wear safety restraints in cars which allow them to be safer, a car accident can still injure them, thus causing adults to be even more frantic about an otherwise stressful incident. Unfortunately, a recent car accident in Anderson has hurt five small children as well as thee adults in a crash right in front of Walmart.
The accident started when a woman with two children in her car, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, was driving down South Carolina 28 in Anderson. Another car turned in front of her, even though it apparently did not have the right of way. The two cars collided. The other car contained three children, including a 5-month-old, a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old.
Unfortunately, the 3-year-old and the 5-year-old were not properly restrained in their car seats and suffered injuries. In particular, the younger child suffered from the most serious injuries and was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital as a result. The children in the other car, though properly restrained, were injured as well and taken to AnMed.
For the parents of the children, it is understandable how worried and frightened they are as they anxiously wait to see how their children are doing and whether their children can even survive the car accident. For the woman who had been driving the car with the 3-year-old who was seriously injured, it must be especially painful, especially since she appears to have simply been following the rules of the road. As authorities sort through the evidence and issue their report, multiple personal injury claims appear possible. Upon proof of negligence by one or more parties, those who suffered injuries as a result have the right to seek financial recovery for damages sustained in the frightening collision.
Source: Anderson Independent Mail, “Five children, three adults injured in crash near Walmart,” Mike Ellis, Aug. 14, 2012
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.