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Not guilty plea in accident causing child injury

Researchers and others work hard to determine how to best keep children in New York and across the country safe while traveling in vehicles. Because it has been determined that having children properly secured while in a motor vehicle is safest, states have laws in place to protect them. Unfortunately, failure to obey these laws can result in serious harm. For example, a woman in another state now faces multiple charges after an accident that resulted in child injury.

The incident happened on a day in early June. According to reports, the woman was attempting to take a left into a gas station parking lot when she allegedly pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle. There were reportedly six unrestrained children, ranging in age from 6 to 11, in the van at the time of the collision.

Two sisters suffered serious injuries in the collision. One is paralyzed from her breastbone down while the other suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her in a coma. The driver now faces multiple charges as a result of the accident, including serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving. Police say that her blood alcohol content was over six times the legal limit at the time of the crash; she has recently pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Injuries suffered in a car accident -- even when relatively minor -- can often result in expensive medical bills in addition to lost wages. When an accident involves a serious child injury such as a traumatic brain injury or paralysis, families are often unsure of how to cope with the long-term physical and financial consequences. Often, parents are forced to quit their jobs in order to provide the necessary care. Many parents in New York whose child has been injured as a result of someone else's negligence often choose to seek financial relief through the civil court system. If their claims of negligence can be proved, they could receive monetary damages that will help ensure the injured victims receive the medical care they require.

Source: chronicle.augusta.com, "Woman charged with DUI in crash injuring children enters not guilty plea at arraignment", Abbigail Lennon, Sept. 1, 2017

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