The leading cause of death of children in the United States is injury from motor vehicles. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, almost 1,000 children died and almost 170,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. The risks of injuries to children in automobile accidents can be greatly reduced when children are placed in car seats and booster seats that are appropriate for their age and size. In fact, the risk of serious and fatal injuries is reduced by half when children are properly restrained.
Compared to the use of seat belts alone, booster seats greatly increase the safety of a child in the event of an accident when used correctly in conjunction with a seat belt. Children should be properly restrained in booster seats until they reach 8 years of age or a height of 4’9″. In addition, children under the age of 12 should always ride in the back seat of the vehicle. The back seat is the safest part of the vehicle in the even of a crash. In addition, children in the back seat are not at risk for injury from airbags.
Unfortunately, even those who take steps to prevent injury to children by securing them in safety seats often use the child restraint systems incorrectly. Almost three-fourths of all booster or child-restraint systems are used incorrectly in a manner that can increase the risk of injury during a crash. Parents should educate themselves about the proper ways to install and use a booster seat for the safety and well-being of their children.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a car crash, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the responsible party to help cover your medical and financial losses. Contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.