As a father of two great kids and a personal injury attorney who deals with kids being injured in car accidents, I admit that I am a bit neurotic when it comes to my kids’ safety in the car. Now, my wonderful daughter is 22 years old and drives carefully and safely (that doesn't ease my worry about someone else causing a car accident). However, my little boy is 4 years and the statistic that about 4 children ages 14 or younger are killed car accidents every day and many more injured each day from automobile accidents feed my neurotic behavior. However, it is comforting to know the benefit of the proper car seat.
According to research, the safest place for children of any age to ride is properly restrained in the back seat. Data show that proper restraint use saved the lives of 244 children ages 4 and younger in 2008 and reduced the risk of death in car crashes by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages one to four. Similar research showed that for children ages , booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to safety belts alone.
AGE1/20 LBS - For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of their particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 year and at least 20 pounds.
All experts urge that all children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat and should never be placed in the front seat facing an airbag.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don't. Protect your precious cargo with proper child passenger seating. If you or your family is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another, contact Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. Insurance companies have attorneys looking out for their best interest after your car accident--so should you. Click here to schedule a complimentary case consultation.