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Drivers in Baltimore need to be aware of other vehicles on the road and various hazards at all times to avoid a car accident. With any kind of auto accident, there is always the chance that serious injury will result. These types of accidents are made worse for the victims when there is a child involved in the crash. No matter the cause of the accident whether it's negligence, misfortune or drunk driving, it's imperative that those who suffered damages be aware of their rights.

A late-afternoon crash between a 2014 Dodge Ram and a 1999 Toyota Sienna sent a 9-year-old boy to the hospital in critical condition with injuries that are considered life-threatening. The accident investigation revealed that the Sienna was exiting a parking lot when the Ram crashed into its driver's side. The driver of the Ram waited for police to arrive. The Sienna's driver and two other children, ages 12 and 11, were all injured and taken for treatment. The injuries to the 12 and 11 year old were minor. The driver was treated and released.

A car accident with injuries can result in numerous expenses and alterations to one's life and schedule. Hospital expenses can be astronomical and there is the chance that an injured person will require an extended hospital stay followed by rehabilitation and long-term care. With a child, these issues can be much harder to deal with. Insurance companies are focused on keeping costs reasonable and are likely to make a settlement offer early in the process to prevent the family from filing a lawsuit seeking damages and to be compensated. While the settlement offer might sound substantial, it's rarely enough when all the costs from serious injury are accounted for. It is also important that an accident be investigated and evidence accrued soon after it has happened.

The 9-year-old child who was hurt in this crash might require significant care and treatment to return to normal if and when his life-threatening status improves. With that in mind his family needs to know that financial concerns won't stop them from getting him the best possible care. In order to ensure that he's receiving all the help he needs, they would be well-advised to consult with a qualified legal professional to consider litigation.

Source:, "9-year-old seriously injured in 2 car crash," May 30, 2014

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