Motor vehicle injuries are the number one cause of death of children in the U.S. but many of these deaths could have been prevented. Car accident attorneys at McMahan Law Firm want you to be aware of proper car seat use so you can prevent the injury of a child.
- According to the CDC proper car seat use reduces the chance of death by 71% for children under the age of 1 and 54% for those aged 1-4 years.
- In 2013 over 600 children ages 12 and younger died and more than 127,000 were injured in car accidents.
- The CDC estimates that over half a million children ride without a car seat or seat belt each year.
- Drivers who don’t buckle up are less likely to properly buckle up the children they are driving.
- Car seats need to be used properly to prevent an injury. One study estimated that 72% of car seats were not being used properly increasing the chances of an injury.
- Often local police departments offer car seat inspections. Parents should install the car seat following the directions provided by the manufacturer and then bring the vehicle to the police department so a professional can verify it is properly installed.
- Many parents are not aware of current car seat regulations. The rules have changed over the past five years. For example, it is now recommended that all children under the age of 2 ride in a rear-facing car seat. Previously it was only children under the age of 1.
To protect your child be sure to use the correct car seat for the age and weight of your child. Make sure it is installed properly so it can provide complete protection should you be in an accident. For additional information contact us.