There are many different toys and games on the market in Louisiana. Sometimes the potential dangers posed by these toys may not be obvious. A recent story involving two young Louisiana children reminds the community to be vigilant about children at play — particularly when they are operating motorized toys, such toys may expose them to harmful situations like car accidents.
Like many children on summer break, two Louisiana children were recently playing outside around the lunch hour. A girl, aged seven, and a boy, aged five, were riding a motorized scooter. The scooter resembles a small motorcycle, not a traditional foot scooter.
The little girl, who was driving, apparently did not stop at a stop sign. At this same time, a 48-year-old female driver in her car was also entering the intersection. She hit the children. They were both ejected from the scooter, and both suffer a serious injury.
When children are involved in an auto accident, their parents usually step in their place to help them recover from the injuries and other damages. Specifically, when filing a civil lawsuit in which a child is a named plaintiff, a parent may first need to petition the court to act as a guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem is a court-appointed representative, who stands in the place of the child. Such an appointment is usually necessary because children cannot successfully represent themselves in court.
Seeking such an appointment may seem unnecessary since parents are already legally responsible for their children. However, the appointment may be necessary depending upon the particular posture of the litigation.
Here, the community now hopes that the children will safely recover. It is unclear whether any legal action will follow.
Source: KSLA, “LSP: Two kids on scooter seriously injured after wreck with car in Bossier Parish,” Willard Woods, June 19, 2013.