What to Keep in Mind This Child Passenger Safety Week
One of the most frightening aspects of car accidents 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 alone, 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 is involved in a crash. As disturbing as this trend can be, there are certain things that can be done to reduce the risk of these occurrences. September 16-22 has been designated as Child Passenger Safety Week.
Transporting Children Safely
One of the most important things that we can do to ensure that our children will be safe during transportation is to properly secure them. The right safety measures can make all the difference. Each state has its own child restraint system requirements; Louisiana has recently updated their car seat laws.
- Children should never ride in the front seat of the car until they are at least age 13
- Make sure that everyone is properly seat belted in before moving
- Be a good role model and always wear your seatbelt
- Take advantage of car seat safety checks; locations where you can get a seat’s installation checked are available here
- Always check the expiration date of your car seat according the seat’s manufacturer (they last anywhere from 6-10 years)
- Be sure that the manufacturer has not recalled your child’s car seat
- Remember that air bags (which can save older children and adults) can prove fatal to young children if they are not seated correctly
- Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat
- Ensure that your child is properly secured in their seat
- Be sure that your vehicle is always locked when it is not in use
- Always remember to check your vehicle to be sure that no child has been left behind
Consult with a Qualified Louisiana Car Accident Attorney
At Gauthier Amedee, our team of experienced Louisiana car accident attorneys fights hard to protect your rights.
If your child has been injured or killed due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, the attorneys at Gauthier Amedee can help. Don’t delay, contact Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
September 16th, 2019