As a parent, your priority is and always should be making sure that your children are safe. However, no matter how careful you may be, you may not always be able to protect your children from dangerous drivers on the road. Fortunately, starting simple and knowing how to properly secure your child into your car and what to do in the event that an accident does occur may keep your child or children from suffering further stress, harm or injury.
In 2012, a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that approximately 12,000 children’s lives were saved due to proper seat belt usage in one year. This makes seat belts a vehicle’s safety feature that is responsible for saving the most lives. This is important to help the public and new parents understand that children require properly fitted car seats, booster seats, and seat belts to be safe within a vehicle. Making sure to follow the directions to appropriately secure your child’s car seat or booster seat is also an essential part of protecting your child in the unfortunate event of a crash.
If the unfortunate does happen and your children are in your vehicle when an accident occurs, immediately get yourself out of the car, if it is safe for you to do so, go and check on your child. It is advised to touch or move your children minimally until medical professionals are on the scene if the accident was severe because this could make unseen injuries worse. Your children may need to be examined by their pediatrician or emergency room staff to accurately gauge the severity of injury in the case of minor and moderate accidents. Furthermore, much like motorcycle helmets, sustaining impact can cause failure in car and booster seats if they continue to be used. So make sure to replace the car or booster seats immediately, regardless of whether your child was in the seat when the accident happened or not.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in West Palm Beach to Learn More
The West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. understand that even the most careful drivers can suffering injury in a car accident due to another’s negligence. Because of this, innocent victims may accrue significant medical bills, car repairs costs, and other expenses because of an accident they did nothing to cause. Fortunately, an experienced attorney may be able to help a faultless victim and their family recover from the accident. Call (561) 689-8180 today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you if you have been involved in an accident.