It can be difficult to live with the pain and suffering that results from an auto accident injury, but it can be even more difficult to watch a child suffer, particularly one of your own. Although you should take every step to protect yourself from being seriously injured or killed in a car accident, your main priority should be protecting your family whenever your kids are in the car. These tips can help reduce the risk of serious and fatal car accident injuries for your children. In the event that you and/or your children are injured in a crash, contact a car accident lawyer in Mableton or Lithia Springs to seek financial compensation from the driver(s) responsible for the accident.
The best way to protect your kids from being injured in an auto accident is to avoid an accident in the first place, and the best way to avoid an accident is to drive defensively. You should utilize defensive driving techniques whenever you are behind the wheel to reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident, but it is especially important to drive defensively when children are in the vehicle.
Use Car Seats and Booster Seats
Children can be severely injured in car accidents, and sometimes even killed in collisions that might not normally injure adult passengers. In fact, motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented by using car seats and booster seats at the appropriate age. Car seats can reduce the risk for serious injury and death to toddlers by 54% in passenger vehicles, and booster seats can reduce the risk for children between four and eight years old by 45%.
Make Sure Everyone Buckles Up
If your children have outgrown car seats and booster seats, the next safest implementation is the seat belt. Wearing one’s seat belt reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately 50%. The seat belt can sometimes lead to specific types of injuries in a car accident, but a broken collar bone is a much better outcome than paralysis or death. And in the event that you or your children suffer some type of seatbelt injury in a car accident, your accident injury attorney will seek compensation from the driver(s) responsible.