Three Tips for Child Safety in the Car
Automobile design is based around the adult body, and safety features in most cars are tuned specifically to protect the well-being of an average sized adult in the event of a wreck. This means that children are at a high risk of additional injury in the event of an accident, as safety features in the vehicle will not be as helpful and in some cases may worsen the severity of an injury.
For all these reasons, equipment is available in order to modify the safety equipment standard in every vehicle and to make it safe for the use of smaller children. Even with the proper equipment and safe driving habits accidents can happen of course, as the negligent behavior of another driver is impossible to prevent completely.
How to Protect Your Child
By following a few simple safety guidelines, you can make an enormous difference in the outcome of a potential accident. Remember the following:
- Use the proper restraints for your child. This means securing infants in docking stations and restraints, fitting your vehicle with appropriately sized car seating systems for children under four, and using boosters for children under seven.
- Never let a child under 12 ride in the front seat. Airbags can be extremely harmful when deployed on someone of a significantly smaller height and weight than they were designed for.
- Use a seat belt modification system which places the shoulder strap of the belt securely across the chest, and never across the neck.
With these provisions in place, you can rest assured that injuries will be minimized in the event of an accident. Regrettably, your child may still suffer severe injury in a crash caused by another party’s negligence.
To learn more about your legal rights and options if your son or daughter has been hurt in a car accident, contact the skilled and experienced Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600. You may be able to recover financial compensation for medical bills and other related expenses.