The most precious passengers in our cars besides our food is our children. When we travel in our vehicles, we need to make sure that our children are as safe as possible and protected. Vehicles are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 13. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC), in the United States, 675 children aged 12 years and younger died as passengers in motor vehicle crashes, and nearly 116,000 were injured in 2017.
Of that large number, 216 were not restrained and/or properly restrained when the crash occurred.
Child Restraints Save Lives, Really
The National Safety Council published a report about child restraints showing that unrestrained children are as much as 50% more likely to die in an accident as children who are properly restrained. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides four phases of recommendations for child restraint use.
- Children under the age of one must always ride in a rear-facing car seat abided by law
- When the child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, they should switch to a front-facing car seat
- Children ages 4 to 7 should use forward-facing car seats based on the height and weight limitation of the car seat manufacturer
- When the child outgrows a car seat, the next step is a booster seat
- Children ages 8 to 12 should ride in booster seats until they are big enough to fit into the vehicle’s seat belts properly
- Adult car seats should only be used once the child can be properly restrained by a standard seatbelt
Drivers can face fines and tickets if they are found to be driving with a child in the car who is not properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.
Child Seat Installation
Making sure the booster seat or child seat is properly installed is just as important as the child riding in it. An improperly installed seat provides no safety to the child. A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPS) is a trained professional who will check and inspect your car seat and teach you proper installation. You can make an appointment for a free car seat safety check through the Texas Children’s Center for Childhood Injury Prevention, where you’ll find a list of Houston location where you can get a free car seat safety check.
Contact an Attorney
If you or your child have been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney in Houston to consult your legal options. Call and schedule a free consultation with an attorney at the Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm. See what your options are in regard to your injury and receiving compensation for it. (713) 524-8139