As anyone who has been in a car accident can attest, collisions between vehicles can happen so quickly and be so traumatic that it's hard to later piece together the details. "It all happened so fast" is a common response to questions about what exactly happened and whose fault the accident was.
Determining what happened can be even harder when young children are involved, and the consequences can be more serious because children are physically more vulnerable. Both of these factors raise the stakes when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries.
Recently two children were seriously injured in separate accidents in the San Jose area. In the first crash, a 2-year-old boy was walking with his grandfather when they were struck by a minivan. The grandfather died and the boy suffered traumatic injuries. Although he was expected to survive, he isn't expected to provide his own account of what happened and it will be up to the minivan driver to tell the truth about what happened.
In the second crash, a 6-year-old boy was knocked unconscious when the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle and slammed into a nearby monastery. He suffered traumatic injuries, according to police. Also injured, though less seriously, were a 10-year-old girl, the driver and a woman riding in the front seat.
Both accidents are under investigation and it's unclear who was at fault in either crash. But it's likely that the families of both children in these accidents will do everything they can to ensure a speedy recovery for the young victims. That may mean seeking compensation from the other drivers if they're found liable.
Source: MercuryNews.com, "Boy, 6, badly hurt in crash into Santa Clara monastery wall," Mike Rosenberg, Nov. 23, 2011
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