A mother in North Carolina was driving her SUV with her four children in the back. The oldest was a 6-year-old girl, and all of the kids were in car seats.
As they went through an intersection, the mother says that another car turned left in front of them. She slammed into that vehicle, hard, and said it felt like hitting "a brick wall."
The impact was so bad that she couldn't get out of the mangled SUV, instead sitting trapped in the driver's seat with all of the airbags deployed. She was yelling for her kids.
That's when the oldest girl took action. She was hurt, but she was still able to get her own buckle off and climb out of her car seat. She then went to each of her siblings in turn, unbuckling them so that they could get out of the vehicle.
Onlookers rushed over and took some of the kids out of the car. However, the girl had not been able to get her younger brother's buckle off, so she started yelling to adults that he was trapped in the vehicle. They thought there were only three kids, but they went back after the girl told them about her brother and they were able to get him out.
The children suffered physical injures and still deal with the mental consequences of the accident, the mother said, having constant nightmares and being afraid to sleep alone. However, for her quick action when no one else could help, the little girl is being hailed as a hero.
Parents whose children suffer injuries in car accidents need to know all of their legal options to seek financial compensation. Medical bills for this many people can be incredible.
Source: People, "6-Year-Old Jumps Into Action to Save Younger Siblings After Horrific Car Crash: It 'Was Amazing'," Char Adams, May 14, 2018