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Acting on behalf of a minor child after an Alaska car accident

No parent wants to face a situation where his or her child becomes seriously injured. Sadly, this is often the case when a car accident occurs. When parents learn that their child's injuries were caused by poorly designed car equipment, it is understandable that they would want to seek justice.  In Alaska and all other states, this can be done by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court.

A parent or legal guardian has the right to act on behalf of a minor child in court. Such situations can be highly emotional for parents whose instinct is to fiercely protect their child's physical and emotional well-being. In order to make well-informed and clear decisions, it is often helpful to retain the assistance of an experienced attorney before entering proceedings.

A jury in another state recently rendered a $124.5 million verdict against an auto manufacturer. The claim stated that the automaker should be held legally accountable for injuries children have suffered due to poorly designed front seats in the vehicles in which they were riding when accidents occurred. Apparently, when the vehicles are struck from behind, the front seats collapse toward the rear, often catapulting the occupants to the backseat, directly on top of child passengers.

One 7-year-old boy suffered permanent brain injury and other serious injuries when his father's front seat collapsed in a collision and propelled the man to the rear, where he crashed into his son. Any car accident in Alaska that is caused by a motorist's negligence or failed auto equipment is prosecutable by law. A parent or legal guardian can gain more information regarding how to file a claim by contacting an attorney in the area.

Source: CBS News, ""No excuse": Safety experts say this car defect puts kids in danger", Megan Towey, Kris Van Cleave, March 9, 2016

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