Something bad happening to your child is the worst fear of every parent.
Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries to children in the U.S. Hourly, 150 children up to age 19 are treated in emergency
departments for traffic accident-related injuries. Unfortunately, more
children ages 5 through 19 die from injuries related to motor accidents
as compared to other causes. There are several causes of
automobile related injuries in children and youth including passenger safety, heatstroke, “frontovers” and “backovers”,
as well as teen driving. Knowing how to manage safety risks is an empowering
step to make sure your child stays safe around and in cars.
Passenger Safety for Children
It is important to use proper equipment such as booster seats, car seats,
- Children from birth to 2 years of age should ride in a rear-facing car
seat. The car seat should be placed in the back seat. Check the weight
and height limits in the owner’s manual to ensure proper usage.
- When kids outgrow the rear-facing car seat, they should ride in a front-facing
car seat in the back seat. In general, this guideline applies to children
ages 2 through 5. Again, check the weight and height limits in the owner’s manual.
- When the child is too big for the front facing car seat, a booster seat
should be used until they grow big enough to use a seat belt.
- Always use a seat belt. Seat belts fit safely when the lap belt lays across
the thighs and the chest belt rests against the chest. If the upper belt
rests on the neck and the lower belt rests on the stomach, it is unsafe to use.
- It is safest for children under age 12 to ride in the backseat as airbags
can cause fatal injury to children. The middle seat is the safest. Never
place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat if there are airbags.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of child vehicle-related deaths excluding
crashes. Never leave children in your car unattended. Keep the car locked
so children do not get in by themselves. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car.
Backovers and Frontovers
People who hit children with a car are usually friends or family members.
Teach children to watch out for cars and to pay attention to cars running
in a parking lot or driveway. Hold children’s hands when crossing
streets and walking in parking lots or in front of driveways. Check around
your car before moving to make sure there are no children or items near
the car that could attract kids such as toys.
Tragic accidents among teenagers and preteens are far too common. The chances
of dying in a car driven by a teenager double at age 13. Talk to your
children about car safety early, before they begin driving. Set limits
with teen drivers around what they are allowed to do. Limit the number
of passengers, night driving, and talk about the dangers of driving under
Has Your Child Been Injured?
If your child was injured in an automobile accident, you may be able to
recover damages from the party at fault. Nothing can compensate for seeing
your child in pain or the death of a child, but filing a lawsuit can hold
another party accountable for reckless behavior. An
experienced auto injury attorney can help you proceed.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
The experienced Atlanta metro area attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes can
help you in this trying time. They understand how to guide and support
family members experiencing the aftermath of a tragic accident.
Contact us today for a free consultation.