Legal Options When Your Child Is Harmed in a Driveway

Personal Injury Lawyer Salt Lake City, Utah

Newly licensed motorists are likely some of the only drivers who think about the precariousness of driveways on a regular basis. They present numerous safety hazards including dangerous blind spots not ordinarily present on roads or in parking lots. Driveways are uniquely dangerous, but most motorists don’t think about this fact with any frequency. And it is partially for this reason why so many children are harmed in American driveways on an annual basis. The nonprofit site reports that thousands of kids are either seriously injured or killed in so-called backover accidents each year in the U.S. The majority of these collisions occur in driveways.

If your child has been injured in an accident that occurred in a driveway, know that you are not alone. In addition to the thousands of American children harmed in driveway backover accidents annually, additional children are harmed when hit by vehicles entering driveways or by tripping in ill-maintained driveways. Regardless of how your child was harmed, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against a motorist, a landlord or another individual or entity responsible for the accident. Even if the accident was partially the child’s fault or your fault, you still may have grounds for a claim. Please consider speaking with our firm today about the specifics of your situation so that we may advise you in regards to any legal options potentially available to you and your family.

If you ultimately opt to file a claim and that claim is successful, your family may be awarded economic and/or non-economic damages related to the harm your child has suffered. Economic damages are generally awarded in order to help compensate for specific and objective financial losses tied to your child’s accident. For example, the medical bills resulting from any care he or she required after being harmed may be essentially reimbursed via economic damages. Non-economic damages are tied to losses and negative consequences that do not meet the “specific and objective” financial loss standard. For example, pain and suffering damages are awarded this way.

No amount of money can make up for what your child has gone through. But filing a personal injury suit may help to both stabilize any financial consequences that have resulted from the accident and may help to ensure that other children are not similarly harmed in the future.

Legal Counsel Is Available

If your child has suffered harm as the result of a negligent, reckless or ill-intentioned individual, please consider scheduling a consultation with a personal injury lawyer Salt Lake City, Utah residents rely on from Rasmussen & Miner to speak with you about any questions you may have. Whether you are curious to know about our approach to representation, the personal injury claims process or any other related matter, you lawyer can advise you of your options. There are few challenges in life more pressing than seeking care and justice for an injured child. You do not have to navigate the legal aspects of this challenge alone.