Auto accidents are a leading cause of child deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are responsible for causing hundreds of thousands of children to suffer injuries. Although not all car accidents can be prevented, the chances of a child suffering a fatal or severe injury can be reduced when certain precautions are taken when they are riding in the car. Below are a few things the CDC says parents and caregivers can do to help make a child’s ride safer in the car:
- Children should be sitting in a rear-facing car seat from birth up until they reach the age of two to four.
To provide a child with the best possible protection, their car seat should be placed in the back seat of the vehicle and remain rear-facing until the child reaches the maximum height or weight limitations set for the specific type of seat they are using. It is important for parents to be aware that different car seat models have varying height and weight limitations so it is best they refer to the manufacturer’s manual for this information.
- Once a child outgrows their rear-facing seat, they should be provided with a new seat which then can be turned forward.
Children should ride in their forward-facing seats until they reach the height or weight limitations for their particular seat. A child who requires a forward-facing seat should remain in the back seat as it is safer for them.
- Once a child has outgrown their forward-facing seat, they should then transition into a booster seat.
Children who ride in a booster seat must be properly buckled in with a seat belt and they should continue riding in the back seat of the vehicle.
- After a child has outgrown their child safety seat, they must be buckled into their seats properly.
Generally, children who are about four feet, nine inches tall, and between the ages of nine and 12 are ready to sit with a regular seat belt, according to the CDC. However, children should continue to ride in the back seat where they are less likely to suffer a serious injury in the event of an accident.
In 2018, 636 children 12 years of age and younger suffered fatal injuries in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 97,000 suffered injuries, according to the CDC. Of these children, 33% of the children for which restraint use was known were not buckled. When a parent or caregiver takes the initiative to protect their children when riding in the car, they can reduce the chances of them suffering a serious injury in the event of an accident.
When a Child is Involved in an Accident in Daytona Beach, FL
If a child was recently injured in a car accident in Daytona Beach, FL and their parent is looking to recover compensation for their child’s pain and suffering, they can contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. for legal help. After a child has suffered injuries in a wreck, it is important for their parent to be able to afford the care their child needs so they are able to reach a maximum medical recovery point. To speak with an attorney who can explain what a parents’ legal rights are, contact Pappas and Russell, P.A.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118