As parents, there is no cargo that we regularly carry in our vehicles as important and precious as our young children. Though safety for young children in vehicles has improved dramatically over the years, there is still a lot we can do to protect them from serious injuries and death. A properly maintained and installed car seat is vital to minimizing the risk of a severe injury to your child, such as a traumatic brain injury, in the event of a motor vehicle accident. TBIs are some of the most serious, debilitating, and possibly fatal injuries that a child can suffer in an accident. They can have a drastic impact on the health and quality of life of victims. If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident while in car seat, you could be entitled to recover your medical or other expenses. The best way to determine if you are entitled to compensation is to schedule a consultation with the experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.
How can I Keep my Child Safe in his or her Car Seat?
You can keep your child safe by following these guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Keep infants and toddlers in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years old or have reached the highest weight or height limit of their car seat.
- Use a forward-facing car seat for children older than 2 years old as long as possible, keeping them in the seat until they outgrow the height or weight limits.
- Use a booster seat in children who have outgrown their car seats. They should stay in a booster seat until the car’s seat belt fits them properly, which usually happens between 8 and 12 years of age.
- Children under the age of 13 should ride in the backseat and be properly secured.
Contact a Coweta County traumatic brain injury attorney for a free consultation
If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident while in a car seat, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our traumatic brain injury attorneys, please call our office today at (770) 487-8999.