Avoid Injury by Putting Your Kids in the Right Seats

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Oct 20, 2015 in Car Accident News

It is important to secure children properly in your automobile to mitigate the risk of child car seat injury in case of an accident. Understand, however, that whenever an injury results from an accident that is someone else's fault, you are entitled to compensation for loss and recovery.

Statistics

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children in the United States. Recent statistics from the CDC show that as many as 1,100 children under the age of 14 die in auto accidents, while over 175,000 kids are injured. Properly securing children in vehicles can, on the other hand, save lives, reducing the risk of death by anywhere from 45 percent to over 70 percent, depending on the child and type of restraint used.

Proper Restraints

It is important when you get on the road to make sure that the car seats you choose for your kids are size and age appropriate, from booster seats up to seat belts. If possible, always have kids ride in the back seat rather than the front, and make sure that they are facing in the proper direction for their location and car seat.

Be sure that when you install car and booster seats, you follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. If you are not sure about installation, talk to a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, who can help you secure your kids against accidents.

Ages 0 to 2

Infants and very young toddlers should always be placed in a rear-facing car seat in the back of the vehicle. Make sure that you are following the proper height and weight limits for the seat, and that your child is secure in the seat before moving.

Ages 2 to 5

Children aged 2 to 5 years old should be in a forward-facing car seat in the rear of the car. Again, check the owner's manual for your seat and the included labels for height and weight limits to help avoid child car seat injury.

Age 5 and Up

Children over age 5 should be placed in a booster seat and secured with seatbelts, until they are large enough for the seatbelt alone to function properly. The booster seat will have height and weight limits. In addition, watch for the belt to lay across their thighs and the shoulder belt across the chest. Always remember to keep your child in the back seat for maximum safety.

When an Accident Happens

If you are in an accident due to another's neglect, regardless of your child's security in a booster seat, you are entitled to compensation for injuries. Always seek the services of a qualified Las Vegas personal injury attorney to address your child car seat injury case. An attorney will protect you against harsh attack tactics by insurance companies and product manufacturers and can get you compensation for injuries from the accident and product defects if necessary.

Read a bit more about child injury cases and give us a call today for a free consultation to discuss your case.