According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, a leading cause of death among children is motor vehicle injuries. In 2015 alone, 663 children under the age of 12 died as occupants in car crashes – 35% were not buckled up.
Over 121,350 children were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. In one CDC study, it was found that over 618,000 children between the ages of 0 and 12 years rode in vehicles or cars without a booster seat, seat belt, or child safety seat at least some of the time. This is a frightening statistic, and the worst part is that it is so easily preventable.
Tips on Child Passenger Safety
Parents should be aware of ways to keep their children safe while traveling in a vehicle. Here is a brief look at some crucial child passenger safety tips to make sure that your child is always secure when you are driving:
- Make sure that you read the National Safety Council’s position statements on child restraints. Child passenger safety among different modes of transportation is addressed in the statement.
- You should take advantage of car safety checks that are held across the United States during National Seat Check.
- If you are pregnant, it is critical to schedule a car seat installation with a certified technician to make sure that you understand child passenger safety before your baby is born.
- If you have children under 12 years of age, make sure that they ride in the backseat at least through age 12.
- If your children complain about strapping on a seatbelt, make sure that you never negotiate. Do not start your car until they are buckled up.
- As a parent, you need to be consistent at all times and wear your seatbelt. Using the driver safety belt has a strong influence on whether or not your child will wear their safety belt.
- You should keep in mind that all 50 states require child seats with specific criteria. Make sure that you go through your state’s list of child passenger safety laws.
- The life of a car seat is typically from 6 to 8 years. Make sure that you read about recalls for manufacturers of child seats for at least the past 10 years and keep yourself well informed.
- Always remember that while airbags can save the lives of older children, and of course adults, they can be highly dangerous, even fatal, for young children.
- Make sure that you use the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) seat belt or restraint system to install the car seat in your car and firmly secure forward-facing car seats using the top tether.
- Register your booster seat and car seat at gov so you will always be informed if your model has a safety recall.
- You should make it a point to visit your local car seat inspection station so that your seat is properly checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
If you have a child, it is unnecessary to say that their safety inside your vehicle should always come first. Following these child passenger safety tips will help ensure this, and keep your little ones safe and sound when you are driving.
Taking Legal Action for Your Child’s Injury in a Car Accident
If your child is injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, you should take legal action. Filing a personal injury claim will help you obtain compensation for the injuries your child has suffered. Some accidents can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal injury, paralysis, and more. Be sure to document all details regarding the accident in order to file for compensation.
When you file a personal injury claim or suit, you may be able to get compensation to make sure that your child receives the required treatment, care, and medications they need for their injuries. You may also be able to get compensation for other damages such as pain and suffering, damage to property, and so on.
If your child has been injured in a car accident, you should immediately consult the reliable personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates. We have a team of highly skilled lawyers who specialize in personal injury claims. Call us at 561-845-2510 for a free consultation today.