Recently, a four-year-old boy was being held in his mother’s arms in a car when the car was involved in a collision. The child was flung through the windshield, and had to be airlifted to a hospital. Serious injuries can occur no matter how tightly an adult holds a child on their lap. Despite the affordability of child safety restraints in the United States, there has been a decrease in their use in recent years.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found some surprising results. Seat belts and booster seats are widely known to keep children safe in the event of a crash—but people are using them less and less. According to United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, seat belts and car seats are necessities that should be used on every trip, regardless of distance or speed that the vehicle will be going.
The NHTSA study found that appropriate use of child restraints in cars has plummeted in more than one category between 2013 and 2015. According to Foxx, this is utterly unacceptable as it risks the safety of future generations.
Child Restraints Save Lives
The year 2000 was a landmark year for child restraint use in the United States. In 2000, there was a 25 percent reduction in fatalities and injuries to children between the ages of four and seven due to proper use of these devices. However, in 2015, only 44.5 percent of children in this age group were properly secured in booster seats. This number has dropped nearly one percent over the past two years. Nearly 40 percent were improperly restrained in either a forward-facing car seat or booster seat.
In addition to using appropriate child safety restraints, parents are further reminded that when a car is involved in a car accident, any car seats in the vehicle must be replaced, as they cannot be trusted to work properly after a collision.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Fight for Children Injured in Car Accidents
As a parent, there is nothing more terrifying than feeling like you cannot protect your children. Putting your children in the appropriate child safety restraints every trip, every time, can save their life. Even if you do your part, there are negligent drivers on our roads, and car accidents happen. If your child has been injured in a car accident, the dedicated Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will fight to win you maximum compensation and hold the responsible parties accountable. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-888-1221 today.