Keeping Kids Safe

by Terry Bryant

Child Safety -- Sleeping Child in Car Seat

Child Safety — Sleeping Child in Car Seat

Children are too young to understand the potential danger of riding in a vehicle.  And they should not have to fear for their safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, in 2013, 1,149 children died as a result of traffic crashes.  An estimated 172,000 children were injured in traffic crashes.  On average, traffic crashes killed three children and injured an estimated 470 children every day in the United States.

As responsible adults, there are very simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of injury should you and the children you care for experience an auto accident.

  • Stay Back — The front seat is no place for children. Children 12 and younger should ride in the back seat.
  • Buckle Up — Use the appropriate car seat or seatbelt to buckle children into their seats. Don’t allow them to squirm around unbuckled, no matter how insistent they may be.
  • Educate Yourself — Read the child restraint manufacturer instructions and vehicle owner manual instructions for information on how to best secure your children in the car.
  • Keep Focused — Don’t allow your attention to slip from driving the vehicle to the children in the back seat. If your back-seat passengers need attention, safely stop the vehicle before turning around and taking your eyes off the road.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a personal injury attorney about your potential claim.