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How to Keep Your Child Safe in the Car

The road can be a dangerous place. According to the World Health Organization, every four minutes a child is involved in a fatal car accident, and many more are severely injured. Auto accidents are the single greatest risk of death for children aged 15-17.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 150 children up to age 19 are urgently treated for injuries sustained in vehicle collisions. The World Health Organization explained that the reason children are more vulnerable to auto accident injury is that they are “limited by their physical, cognitive and social development…Because of their small stature, it can be difficult for children to see surrounding traffic and for drivers and others to see them. In addition, if they are involved in a road traffic crash, their softer heads make them more susceptible to serious head injury than adults.”

The Atlanta injury lawyers at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. want to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to keep your child safe in the car.

Tips to Keep Children Safe on the Road

Consider these tips to help keep your children safe in the car:

  • Control speed. Driving in excess of the speed limit is the cause of one-third of all fatal auto accidents in high-income countries. Drivers should be more conscious of speed limits, and communities should emphasize enforcement of speed limit violations.
  • Don’t drink and drive. These actions place everyone at risk for dangerous or fatal collisions, including children.
  • Utilize the correct restraint device for young children. This is one of the most effective measures a parent can take to ensure a child’s safety on the road. Make sure that the measures you take are appropriate for the child’s age, height, and weight. A guide can be found here.
  • Improve your child’s ability to see and be seen by oncoming traffic. This will help to reduce severe injuries by pedestrian or biking children getting hit by cars. Also, if your child is going to bike, ensure that he or sure wears a helmet.
  • Ensure that your young children are supervised in the proximity of roads. Younger children have an extremely limited capacity to understand and evaluate risk. Parents and caregivers can help children understand their surroundings and ensure their safety. For example, teaching children to always buckle up when in the car or to always look both ways when crossing the street can help keep children safe.

Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.

Involvement in an auto accident takes a toll emotionally, physically, and financially. Undoubtedly, the emotional toll increases with the involvement of your child. If your child was severely injured in an auto accident, the attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are here to help you navigate your claim every step of the way. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized attention, and will ensure you are fully involved and informed at each stage of your case.