Accidents can be very stressful, but when children are involved they can be downright scary. For many individuals, this is a situation they have unfortunately experienced. According to the National Safety Council, car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children.
In fact, in 2017, every 32 seconds a child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash and 675 children under the age of 13 were killed. Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to prevent or reduce the likelihood of injury or death to children involved in car accidents.
As Child Passenger Safety Week approaches (September 15-21), here are tips that you can utilize to protect your children.
Tips for Keeping Child Passengers Safe
The very first thing that you should do prior to shifting into the drive is to ensure that your children are properly secured in their seats. Whether your child still requires a car seat or is old enough (and big enough) to simply sit in a seat, it is so important that your child’s restraint system is properly in place and functioning. Though states maintain their own requirements for child restraint systems, the National Safety Council has shared its own set of tips to safely transport your children.
- Do not drive away until all children are properly belted
- Lead by example and ensure that you are properly seat belted
- Take advantage of car seat safety checks held across the country during National Child Passenger Safety Week
- Check with your car seat’s manufacturer to determine its expiration date (car seats generally last anywhere from 6-10 years)
- Check to ensure that your child’s car seat has not been recalled by the manufacturer
- Remember that airbags, while often lifesaving to older children, can be fatal to younger children if they are incorrectly seated
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat
- Be sure to lock your car when not in use and double-check that no children have been left inside of it
The Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm Can Help
If you or your child have been injured in an auto vehicle accident, you need an experienced Connecticut Car Accident Lawyer at your side. Let Carter Mario Law Firm protect your rights—and fight to secure full, fair compensation for your losses. Just call (203) 806-9256 today. You can also submit a FREE Initial Consultation Form online.