Accidents can be scary, but one of the scariest aspects of them is when there are children involved. According to the National Safety Council, car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children.
In 2017, 675 children under the age of 13 were killed in motor vehicle crashes and every 32 seconds one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash. However, there are certain things that can be done to prevent the injury or death of children in car accidents.
With September 16-22 deemed Child Passenger Safety Week, it is important to take a look at how to protect our children.
Tips for Transporting Children Safely
One of the top ways that we can work to prevent injury or death to our children is to be sure that they are properly secured in their seat. North Carolina’s child safety seat regulations can be viewed here. Here are some additional tips for transporting children:
- Children should ride in the back seat of the car until they are at least age 12 or 13, per North Carolina law
- Do not take the car out of park until everyone is properly secured
- Since kids follow what we do, always wear your seat belt
- Car seat safety check locations are listed here– take advantage of them
- Car seats last anywhere from six to 10 years – always check the expiration date according the seat’s manufacturer
- Be sure that your child’s seat manufacturer has not recalled their seat
- Do not place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat
- Ensure that you understand how to properly secure your child in their seat
- Always lock your car when not in use
- Double-check the inside of your car to ensure that no children have been left behind.
An Experienced North Carolina Car Accident Injury Attorney Can Help
If your child has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, the experienced Car Accident Attorneys at Daggett Shuler can help. Call us at 336-724-1234 today!
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