Car accidents can be frightening; but when a child passenger is involved, they can be utterly terrifying. Unfortunately, this isn’t a rarity. According to the National Safety Council, car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children.
In 2017, every 32 seconds one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle is involved in a car crash. But scarier yet, 675 children under the age of 13 were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of injury or death to child passengers. That’s why with Child Passenger Safety Week having occurred from September 15-21 it is a great time to take a closer look at what we can do to protect our children.
Attorney Ray Schlegel of Caddell Reynolds recently joined Good Day NWA to discuss Child Passenger Safety Week. The clip of this informative segment appears below.
Tips for Increasing Child Passenger Safety
One of the best ways that we can increase the safety of child passengers is to ensure that they are properly seat belted – whether in their own seat or a car seat. Though each state has its own requirements when it comes to child restraint systems, the National Safety Council has released a list of tips to share that more can be done.
- Do not allow children under the age of 12 to sit in the front seat of the car
- Ensure that everyone is properly seat belted prior to driving away
- Wear your own seat belt to serve as a role model
- Take advantage of the car seat safety checks available across the country during National Child Passenger Safety Week
- Make sure that your child’s car seat has not expired (car seats generally last from 6-10 years)
- Be sure that your child’s seat manufacturer has not recalled their seat
- Remember that air bags can actually be fatal to younger children
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle
- Always ensure that no children are left in the car before locking the car whenever not in use
An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If your child has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another, nothing can reverse what has happened, but the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Caddell Reynolds can help you and your family to move forward. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-671-4100 today!