According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 an average of 4 children were killed in motor vehicle crashes and 528 children were injured every day in the U.S. Approximately 20% of the children below the age of 14 who were killed were pedestrians, and almost half of the crashes that involved those minors occurred between 4-8 pm.
The legislatures of North Carolina and South Carolina have both passed laws that mandate a variety of restraint devices for child passengers. Such restraints (including seat belts that meet federal standards) have been proven to reduce the number of injuries to children who are passages. Nonetheless, based on 2006 figures (the most recent data available), the NHTSA reports that automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3-14 years old in the United States.
While traffic-related fatalities have generally declined during the last year, the tragedy of each accident is magnified when it leads to injury to a child. In such situations, distraught parents find themselves trying to care for and comfort their children while at the same time dealing with doctors and hospitals, insurance companies, and a variety of investigators. The family's focus is certainly not on documents and other evidence. However, the amount of compensation that the child may receive for health care costs as well as pain and suffering will depend in part on how well the family can verify the extent of the injuries and the treatments received.