You answer the phone as if it’s any phone call from anyone, not thinking that the call could be life changing. Your child has been involved in a car accident and your world as you know it has changed forever. At this point you don’t know the severity and you are hoping for the best. What you might not know is that more than 9,000 children died in car accidents from 2002 to 2011. That is not a statistic for which you want to be a part.
While the highest form of prevention is the use of seatbelts and child restraints, not all states require them for children ages 8 and younger. Do you live in one of the states that does not require child safety seats, and if so, what are you doing to prevent your child from being thrown through a window or out of the car? We know the children pose distractions of their own when they are in cars. They don’t like to be in a car seat, they squirm out of a car seat, they know how to unbuckle themselves from a car seat, and those are only the tips of the iceberg. Distractions come at us from every angle whether it be a text, a phone call, bad weather, other kids in the car, someone in the passenger side, eating in the car, and much more. How are you supposed to keep your child safe now and later?
- Any child under age 8 should sit in the back seat, and never in the front seat, regardless of how short the distance you will be driving.
- Always use a seat belt restraint or car seat depending on the age and weight of the child.
- Be sure you child does not know how to get out of a car seat. If you child has figured it out, you will need another plan.
- Be sure to move the car seat from your car into the caregiver’s car if someone will be watching your child.
- Be sure you car seat fits appropriately; it should not pinch or hurt.
A child’s death is devastating, and so many factors come into play depending on who was driving, the condition of the driver, the conditions of the car seat situation and whether your child was in one or wearing a seatbelt. If your child has been injured or died as a result of a car accident, seeking the advice of a compassion law firm to help you settle your case will bring you the closure you need.