Frequently asked questions about child road accidents
Find out more about making a child's road accident claim below.
1.) Child road accidents - who is at fault?
Parents and guardians naturally feel a strong sense of responsibility and accountability for children's actions, and safety, but cannot have eyes and ears everywhere.
The majority of drivers take great care to act responsibly on the roads, in particular near schools or parks where children may be present. Children too are often taught road safety from a young age. Despite vigilance on all sides, children can and are injured on the roads, and it can be tricky to prove who is at fault.
In the case of a young child running into the road ‘without looking’ or a driver having to swerve to avoid causing injury to a child playing in the road, the driver may make a claim against the child’s parents for negligence. However, the parents are also entitled to make a claim on behalf of their child to compensate them for their injuries – it may be that the driver was driving too fast or not paying adequate attention.
2.) Are parents to blame for children’s road accidents?
Sadly, insurance companies do try to blame parents for road accidents involving children. They try to say that parents failed to instil a child with sufficient road safety knowledge, or for not supervising their child properly. This tactic is often used to confuse the process in the hope that by making the parent the defendant (i.e. the person liable for an accident) they may back down from making a claim for their injured child.
3.) What to do in a road accident case that involves children?
The first thing you should do in a children’s road accident is to ensure all parties receive appropriate medical attention. You should also exchange contact information and record the date and time of the accident, such as where it happened, the name and address of the driver responsible and the name of the police station where the accident was reported. This information will be needed if you decide to start a child road accident compensation claim. If you don’t have this information, you can still make a claim for compensation: our lawyers will work with you to gather the details to support your case.
4.) How can Thompsons Solicitors help with children’s road accident claims?
Thompsons Solicitors can help you to make a claim for compensation if your child has been hurt in a road accident. Our road traffic accident lawyers have decades of experience in helping children and their parents to secure compensation after being injured in accidents involving cars, bikes, motorbikes and other vehicles. We can help you get damages to cover the costs of medical expenses, getting to and from the hospital and any losses incurred by you from staying at home to care for your child.