As a car accident law firm, we have seen firsthand the importance of car seats and booster seats in protecting children in the event of a crash. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), using the correct car seat or booster seat can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by up to 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers.
There are several types of car seats and booster seats available, each designed for a specific age range and weight limit. Rear-facing infant car seats are designed for infants up to 35 pounds and are placed in the back seat facing the rear of the vehicle. Forward-facing car seats are designed for toddlers weighing between 20 and 65 pounds and are placed in the back seat facing forward. Booster seats are designed for children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seat but are not yet big enough to use the vehicle’s seat belt alone. Booster seats raise the child up so that the seat belt fits properly across the chest and hips.
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In addition to using the correct car seat or booster seat, it is also important to install the seat correctly. According to the NHTSA, up to 59% of car seats are not installed correctly, which can greatly reduce their effectiveness in a crash. Car seats and booster seats should be installed in the back seat of the vehicle and secured using either the vehicle’s seat belt or the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system.
Unfortunately, even with the proper use of car seats and booster seats, car accidents can still occur. There are several types of car accidents that can result in injuries to children, including:
- Rear-end collisions: These occur when one vehicle hits the back of another vehicle and can result in whiplash injuries or more serious injuries if the impact is severe.
- Side-impact collisions: Also known as T-bone collisions, these occur when one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. Side-impact collisions can be particularly dangerous for children who are seated on the side of the vehicle that is hit.
- Head-on collisions: These occur when two vehicles hit each other head-on, often resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.
- Rollover accidents: These occur when a vehicle rolls over onto its side or roof and can be particularly dangerous for children who are not properly restrained in their car seats or booster seats.
If your child has been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced car accident law firm. We can help you understand your legal options and work to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your child’s injuries and related expenses.
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