According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities of children between 1 and 2 years old in the United States. The agency states that the best way to protect children from injury is by choosing the right car or booster seat for your child. The right car seat should fit both your child and the car, and with the sheer number of options available, it is important for parents to do their research before deciding on which model to use. If you child has been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring a legal action against the responsible party or parties for negligence. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are available to consult with you free of charge regarding your potential car accident case.
With so many different types and manufacturers of car and booster seats, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of choices. Below are NHSTA’s recommendations for finding the right seat for you and your child:
- Choose a seat based that is appropriate for both your child’s age and size, and use it each time you place your child in the car.
- Be sure to thoroughly read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions, and also refer to your vehicle’s instructions as well when installing the seat. Make sure that you are aware of any heigh and weight restrictions.
- To maximize effectiveness, keep your child in a car seat for as long as possible.
- Always have children 12 and younger ride in the backseat.
Practicing safe riding with your child can make sure that kids learn vehicle safety at a young age, and can reinforce responsible behavior into adulthood.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or your child has been injured in a car accident, you should contact a Fayette County car accident attorney as soon as possible in order to determine whether you have a claim. Because personal injury claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, it is important to file a claim as soon as possible after becoming aware of your injury. In addition, after being involved in an accident you should undergo a full medical evaluation to determine the extent of your injuries and make sure that any injuries are properly documented. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.