Much focus on improving road safety revolves around actions to be taken while on the road-traveling at a safe speed, obeying traffic lights, watching for stop signs, and similar actions. These calls for careful, safe driving are obviously focused on limiting the negligence on the road that leads to serious car accidents. However, the fact remains that no matter how careful one drives, there is always a consistent risk of being caught in the crosshairs of another driver’s own misconduct. Unfortunately, even the most careful drivers fall victim in deadly car accidents all the time.
For that reason, pre-emptive safety measures are of vital importance while traveling on the road. While you cannot permanently insulate yourself against reckless drivers, everyone can take steps to minimize the damage caused by run-ins with other vehicles. The most important and obvious pre-emptive safety measure is the use of seat-belts. The severity of injury is often drastically reduced when safety belts are used. It is of particular importance that all children are securely strapped into an appropriate children’s safety seat every time they travel in a car.
One city police department is hoping to raise awareness of that fact by holding a car seat safety check, reports Today’s THV. Car seats save thousands of young lives a year, yet far too many parents still do not use them or use them incorrectly.
The safety check involves ensuring that cars with children use the devices, and when they don’t, to provide safety seats to the parents. The event also includes demonstrations which show parents the correct way to use the seats. Too often the set-up of the device confuses parents. Also, many parents put blankets and other items underneath the seat straps, an action that makes the device malfunction during an impact.
Besides saving lives, the devices are also the law in most states. Children under a certain age or under a certain weight are required to be in the seats at all times in the car. Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti encourage all parents to take the time to check their own safety seats to ensure they are working properly. The lives of our children are too important to risk in any way.
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