We all want our children to be as safe as possible in every situation. Keeping them safe while in the car might seem simple enough, but plenty of factors you might not be aware of play into road safety for children. In an effort to ensure the safety of children while riding in cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes this week, September 15-21, as Child Passenger Safety Week.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. In 2017, one child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash in a passenger vehicle every second. Even worse, roughly 35 percent of those children were not secured or restrained in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.
Child Passenger Safety Tips
In order to change these staggering and tragic statistics, we want to encourage the safety of your child passenger and celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week by sharing some top safety tips to help protect kids in cars according to guidelines from NHTSA:
1. Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and set up.
The first and most important safety step is to ensure everyone is properly secure and using the appropriate car seat or booster seat according to their age and size. Child safety seats reduce the risk of deadly injuries while riding in cars by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
2. Get help setting up your child’s car seat or booster seat if you need it.
If you aren’t sure about properly installing your car seat or booster seat, get help from the experts. There are car seat inspection events across the country where expert car seat technicians can teach you how to correctly install your car seat. You can also find inspection stations at certain hospitals and firehouses.
3. Pay attention to height and weight when moving your child to the next car seat level.
Moving a child to a booster seat or seat belt prematurely can be extremely dangerous. Take note of your child’s height and weight when contemplating a car seat upgrade, rather than focusing solely on their age.
4. Kids under 13 should always ride in the back seat.
A car’s back seat is the safest place for children under the age of 13 to ride. Once they are the proper size to ride without a booster seat, always triple check to make sure they are secured with a seatbelt.
5. Be wary of jackets and toys riding with children in the car.
Make sure your child’s winter coat is not getting in the way of their security in the car seat. If it’s large, you should likely remove it before placing them in the seat. You should also only let them ride with soft toys, so hard objects can’t injure them in the event of a car crash.
6. Never leave your child alone in the car.
Last but certainly not least, never leave your child alone in the car, no matter how long you plan to be gone. Too many children have died from heatstroke and other tragic circumstances while left alone in a vehicle. Don’t let it happen to you.
Car Accident Help
Nothing is worse than losing a child, especially if it could have been prevented. Follow the steps mentioned above to ensure the safety of your child passenger every time they get into a car.
While you can follow all the right steps to make sure your child is safe in your car, you cannot predict or prevent the reckless driving of others on the road. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, we can help. Contact the car accident trial lawyers at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.