Do you always wear your seatbelt when you get in the car? If not, you’re setting a bad example for your children. Overlooking a child’s safety when it comes to the right restraints could cost them their life. Most parents have not installed a car seat safely. If you’re not sure and you are worried about your child being protected in an accident, visit your local fire station for a safety check.
Going through a car accident is hard no matter who you are, but when your children are in the vehicle with you when you have been hit, the stakes get much more serious and severe. You need to be prepared to do everything possible to prevent critical injuries affecting your children and one of the best ways to do this is to have appropriate seatbelts or car seats in the vehicle to begin with. Car accidents continue to be a top cause of fatalities for children and belts are the easiest way to prevent injuries. Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 3,000 children died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. That was an average of 11 children every single week.
The vast majority of children who passed away were not wearing seatbelts. In fact, a total of 43% of children in vehicle accidents who were killed were improperly restrained or unrestrained. A further 15% were sitting inappropriately in the front seat. Having the right car seat and safety technology to prevent injuries is one of the best ways to give your children a chance of not just surviving the accident but also of thriving after the incident occurs.
Minimizing their potential for injuries is important and if your child has already sustained critical injuries in an accident, you need to share these issues with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can fight hard to get your child the compensation he or she needs to pay for medical bills and appropriate rehabilitation.