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 if you are hurt in an auto accident caused by negligence, you are entitled to compensation for loss and recovery.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children in the United States. In 2014, child passenger safety became a major concern as many as 1,100 children under the age of 14 died in auto accidents, while over 175,000 kids were injured, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you or someone you love suffer an injury at the fault of another, 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.
Call 844.613.6275 to schedule a for a free consultation to discuss your case.