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It’s a parent’s nightmare—getting into a car accident with a young child in the car. Child safety seats can protect children by keeping them restrained in the event of an accident. Yet, according to the Arizona Republic, four out of five parents don’t know how to properly install child safety seats.
Car accident lawyers like Paul Rudolph with Rudolph & Hammond who help families seek compensation for their injuries see far worse injuries in accidents where individuals and children were not properly restrained. In fact, the most common reason why children die or are injured in car accidents is due to improper child safety restraint use. According to Arizona highway data, a child who isn’t properly restrained is 31 times more likely to be killed in the event of an accident.
Parents who fail to properly restrain their children may find themselves shouldering some of the responsibility for their children’s injuries in the event of an accident. Even if the accident was due to another driver’s negligence, it is still the parents’ responsibility to properly restrain their children. For personal injury lawyers helping families seek compensation for their children’s injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, a parent’s failure to properly restrain a child can result in the court placing some negligence on the parent for the child’s injuries, especially if the facts suggest that the child would have sustained fewer injuries had he or she been properly restrained.
Lack of proper restraint can result in tragedy. Doctors in Arizona see many skull fractures when children are ejected from car seats where they were not properly restrained. Children who use seat belts too soon are at risk of bowel injuries. In one instance, a child was ejected through a car’s window because she was not properly restrained. She suffered a broken arm, a skull fracture, and a leg fracture. The child’s father had believed that he had properly restrained his daughter in her child safety seat.
The fact is that child safety seats can sometimes be challenging to install. According to the Arizona Republic, according to recent studies where parents were observed installing car safety seats, parents made mistakes 75% to 90% of the time.
Arizona law requires children who are under age 8 to use a car safety seat. Health professionals who see car accidents every day say that children should use child safety seats longer than even Arizona law recommends. One doctor has her child using a booster seat even though the child is already nine years old. Experts also recommend that children not sit in the front seat until they turn 13.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds parents that every child safety seat is different. Each time you purchase a new seat for your child, it is important to read through all instructions. After installing the child safety seat, parents should make sure that the seat is installed firmly and doesn’t shift. The seat should not swivel side to side or move forward or back more than one inch. Firmly attaching the seat ensures that in the event of an accident, your child’s head won’t move forward suddenly.
Proper installation of child safety seats are incredibly important in order to ensure that children are protected in the event of a crash. Yet, it is every driver’s responsibility to drive safely. Car accident personal injury law firms such as rudolphhammond.com in Phoenix work with families to ensure that children receive the care they need following an accident.
 
 

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