Car accidents are always terrifying. They are even more terrifying, though, if you have your children in your vehicle at the time of the crash. It’s even worse if the child is an infant. Don’t panic after a car accident in which your baby was in the car. What you do next after the crash can make a huge difference both for you and the child. Below are five ways to help your baby after a car accident.
Your number one priority after a car accident should be your baby’s wellbeing. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if you aren’t sure that your child was injured, call anyways. Certain internal injuries aren’t immediately apparent. Since your baby can’t speak to you to tell you what’s wrong, the risk you take by waiting even a few minutes for emergency medical care is even more severe.
Listen to what the 9-1-1 operator tells you to do with your baby. If you’re told not to move them, don’t. However, there are some signs you can look for to determine if your child is injured. Does your child appear unconscious? Is your child breathing abnormally? Are they bleeding anywhere? Relay this information to the operator. If you can do so safely, apply some medical care as instructed by the operator until EMTs arrive.
To protect your child’s future, you need to take certain other steps if possible. This includes obtaining records of the accident. This should include the police report created by the responding officer as well as your child’s medical records for any medical care provided. You should also try to collect other types of evidence such as photos of your child’s injuries and the scene of the crash.
If your baby was harmed in the accident and the accident was the fault of another party, you should consult with a car accident lawyer. Seek out a lawyer with experience with similar cases. You need to pursue a lawsuit especially if your child’s injuries lead to permanent disability. Even if your baby didn’t receive lasting injuries, a lawyer will help, advocating on your behalf and speeding things up with your insurance company.
Contact your car insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. Your insurance may help pay for your child’s medical bills as well as the damage done to your vehicle. If you wait too long to file your claim, you may have problems getting what you are owed from your coverage.
Overall, keep a clear mind after a car accident. This is especially the case if you have an infant in the car. What you do next can help determine your child’s future physical and financial wellbeing.
About the Author: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now writes articles about health, business, family, and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.