Quite often, the best way to teach and protect a child is by being a proper
role model. This very much applies to seat belt use. If fact, almost half
of children who ride unbelted are riding in a vehicle with an unbelted
driver. Put another way, when you care about your own safety, you will
care about your child’s safety and your child will in turn care
about his or her own safety.
In addition to this sage advice, car seat safety statistics are startling
and awakening. Our
experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys want you to understand these statistics and see how dangerous vehicles
can be for the youngest member of your family. Our attorneys alone should
encourage every parent to properly use the appropriate car seat for their child.
Did you know that
infant car accident deaths are reduced by 71% when car seats are used? It is reduced by 54% for toddlers.
Additionally, serious injury is reduced by 45% when children aged four
to eight use booster seats as compared to when just seat belts are used.
The problem of not using car seats is larger than one might think. In 2011,
a third of children killed in car accidents were not using a restraint
system at the time of the crash. Additionally, studies have shown that
in excess of 600,000 children younger than age thirteen do not always
wear seat belts in any given calendar year. To help illustrate this, imagine
the city of Boston, or Milwaukee, where the population of the city proper
is just over 600,000 people. Now imagine those places being only populated
by children and all of them not wearing seatbelts every time they get
into a car. You get the point; it is the population of an entire major
city in the U.S. (just filled with kids) not wearing seatbelts all the time.
Now understand that the leading cause of child death is
motor vehicle accidents! In fact around a third of all children who die in car accidents were
unrestrained when the accident occurred.
Combating this requires car seat and seat belt use. But these devices must
be used properly. You may think that your child is safe in the car seat,
but be ignorant to the fact that the seat is improperly installed. In
fact, as many as seven out of ten children are improperly restrained even
though 96% of adults feel that their children are properly restrained.
The best advice is for you to completely read the child seat warnings and
instructions prior to employing the device. Properly install it and properly
secure your child in it. If you need help, almost every community has
agencies that will teach you how to do these things, including local police
agencies, free of charge.
Are you interested in learning more about car seat safety and liability?
To learn more from our latest article on car seats, liability in a car
accident, and what happens when the car seat is defective
by clicking here. Click here to learn how properly purchase a car seat and set it up for
your child in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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