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Keeping Your Children Safe: Proper Child Safety Seats

There is nothing more important than protecting our children. Every parent, guardian, or loved one needs to be exercising proper car safety with their children – this includes using the correct car safety seat.

Sadly, in 2009, 1,314 children aged 14 and younger were killed as a result of auto accidents. More than 179,000 children were injured in car wrecks during that same year. In that year, an average four children died every day from motor vehicle collisions. Automobile collisions are the leading cause of children aged 3-14. The seriousness of the issue couldn’t be more obvious.

The proper use of a car safety seat is often the difference between life and death for a child. A proper child restraint system, decrease the likelihood of dying in a car accident by 71% for infants and 54% for children aged 1-4. Unfortunately, studies by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, has found that as many as 72% of infant and toddler safety seats are used incorrectly. This unnecessarily places youngsters at a dangerous risk!

There are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing the best child safety seat- they include the age, height, and weight of the minor. Also, children under 13 years should always remain restrained passengers in the back seat because the impact from airbags can be fatal to minors. For more information on car safety seats go here.

There is strong evidence that public campaigns, stronger laws, and more strict enforcement of existing laws go a long way in preventing child fatalities from auto accidents. Florida goes against the national trend in some ways regarding child safety seats.

Florida is one of the last states to allow children under four (4) years old to ride without a child safety seat of any kind. Forty-seven states have laws that are more -strict, which require children over four to be restrained in some kind of booster seat. However, many experts believe that the majority of state laws are not strict enough to protect children. This means that people should exercise safety, that exceeds state guidelines.

Experts believe that children should remain in boosters seats until they are either eight (8 ) years old or fifty-seven (57) inches tall. Also, children younger than thirteen (13) should always sit in the back seat.  A good resource for determining which car seat is best for the children in your life go here.

Car safety is very important. Our children are our most precious gift and resource. So remember to make sure you have the proper car safety seat for your child’s age, height, and weight. Please ensure the safety device is properly restrained in the back seat of the car. And also, remember to wear your seat belt too.

Have you or a loved one suffered injury or death because of a car accident? Call one of the experienced Clearwater personal injury attorneys of the Dolman Law group to discuss your legal rights and options. You can contact our injury law attorneys at: 727-451-6900. We are ready and willing to assist you and your family with this important issue.