All of us want to keep our children safe and out of harm’s way, and we strive to provide the safest environment possible. Being aware of potential causes of injury and how to avoid them is an important step in minimizing risk. One leading cause of injury to children is road traffic accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 150 children between 0 and 19 years old are treated each hour in emergency departments around the county for car-crash related injuries, and crashes are the leading cause of death for children between 5 and 19 years old. If another person was responsible for the car crash that caused you or your child’s injuries, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party or parties to recover damages. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are Fayette County car accident attorneys who are dedicated to representing the legal rights of people injured in traffic accidents.
Preventing child road traffic injuries
As mentioned above, motor vehicle accidents are a significant source of injury for children from ages 0 to 19. Fortunately, there are clear and definitive steps that one can take to reduce or mitigate the risk to which your child is exposed. The CDC advises that one of the most effective safety measures you can take is to use seat belts, child safety seats, and booster seats that are appropriate for your child’s weight and height.
- 0 to 2 years old – The safest way for this age group to ride is in a rear-facing child safety seat, in the back seat buckled in with the seat’s harness.
- 2 to 4 years old, or up to 40 pounds – The CDC recommends that children in this category ride in forward-facing child safety seats, placed in the backseat, and buckled into the seat with the seat’s harness.
- 4 to 8 years old or until 4’9” tall – The best way for children between 4 and 8 to ride is in belt positioning booster seats. Children are much safer in the backseat, even in this category.
- After age 8 or 4’9” or above – These children should use seat belts. Children should use seat belts until adult seat belts fit correctly.
- Children under 13 should always ride in the backseat
Contact a Fayette County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation
If you or your child has been injured in a car accident, you may have a claim against the person or party responsible for the accident. In order to secure your legal rights, you should contact an experienced Fayette County car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is comprised of auto accident attorneys who are committed to representing the rights of people injured in car accidents. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.