A two-year-old boy is in serious condition in an area hospital after being struck by an SUV, according to recent reports. The toddler was apparently riding a scooter in an apartment complex at 8501 University Avenue when he was struck by a Dodge Durango. He was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition, according to the police. He is being treated for fluid in the lungs and a broken arm.
Witnesses say that the child darted from between parked cars. The 50-year-old driver of the SUV was not speeding and stayed at the scene after contacting police. The abuse and neglect squad of the Metro police is investigating to determine if the child may have been unsupervised.
Backover Accidents Common With Children
Every year there are thousands of deaths and injuries involving small children who are hit by cars in parking lots and driveways. Often these accidents occur when someone is back up and does not see a child, leading to the general term “backover” accident. However, it is also possible to hit a child while moving forward, especially if the driver is in a large vehicle such as an SUV.
According to recent statistics, there are approximately 50 children each week involved in some form of backover accident. Two of these accidents will result in death and 48 in injury. The average age for these children is one year. At least 60 percent of these accidents involve a large vehicle such as an SUV, van or truck, and about 70 percent of them involve a parent or relative behind the wheel.
What Should I Do If My Child Is Injured In An Accident?
If your child has been injured in an accident, it is important to seek immediate legal advice to protect his or her rights. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas are ready to help you with your child’s accident case. As a parent, you are responsible for your child’s health and well-being; you are also responsible for ensuring that his or her rights are protected in the event of an accident. The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson are here to help you protect your child and ensure that the person responsible for the accident pays the damages needed to cover medical expenses and other costs.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your child’s accident case.