Children Involved in Vehicle Crashes Every 33 SecondsApril 17, 2017 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Child Injuries, Personal Injury | Share
According to a SafeKidsWorldwide.com report in September 2016, every 33 seconds a child is involved in a vehicle crash. That is 2,600 children under the age of 13. The most recent research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports child injuries in crashes are the result of 59 percent of car seats’ not being installed correctly.
To combat this problem, SafeKids launched the Ultimate Car Seat Guide, “Practical tips to keep kids safe in cars.” The guide provides Basic and Personalized tips for families with young children.
“As the car seat experts, we are constantly asked by parents what kind of car seat to buy; how to install it properly, and when a child should move into a booster seat,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Not every parent can make it to one of the thousands of car seat checkup events held by Safe Kids each year, but with the Ultimate Car Seat Guide, we can reach more parents with helpful tips to protect kids on the move.”
To find a car seat inspection center near you, please enter your zip code on the Parents Central webpage of Safercar.gov.
Are all car seats safe?
The NHTSA website says that all car seats rated by it meet Federal Safety Standards and strict crash performance standards. While all rated seats are safe, they do differ in their ease of use in four basic categories:
- Evaluation of Instructions: Examines the content and clarity of the instructions manual for the child restraint.
- Vehicle Installation Features: Examines the ease of using features that pertain to installing the child restraint in a vehicle.
- Evaluation of Labels: Examines the content and clarity of the labeling attached to the child restraint.
- Securing the Child: Examines the ease of using features that pertain to securing a child correctly in the restraint.
As children turn into tweens and teens, the parental involvement in their riding experience does not end. The NHTSA recommends drivers “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up.”
“Drivers are legally responsible for the passengers in their vehicles, no matter what age. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., remind drivers to be sure everyone in their vehicle is safe in a car seat, booster or using a seat belt according to age and size,” said Cape Coral Personal Injury Lawyer, Randall Spivey.
Cape Coral Personal Injury Lawyer, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.