The Chicago Tribune reported a Chicago car accident that involved an SUV and a semi truck. The mother of the family was driving the SUV, with her husband and two daughters as passengers. While driving on the Southwest side of Chicago, the SUV struck a semi and collided with a bus shelter on the sidewalk. The driver suffered severe injuries and is currently hospitalized, while her husband and daughters were injured but now in stable condition. A Chicago auto accident attorney at our firm read that police are continuing to investigate what may have caused the SUV to collide with the truck initially.
In light of this article, an Illinois accident lawyer of ours wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of using proper child seats when driving with young children. Although the article did not mention if the two young daughters were in safety seats or child restraint systems, readers must remember that child car seats can greatly reduce the likeliness of serious injuries and even fatalities. According to CyberDriveIllinois.com, as of January 1, 2012 a new Illinois driving law requires everyone in a vehicle to wear seat belts, no matter their age or where they are seated in the car. This new law also requires parents or guardians of children who are under the age of 8-years-old to make sure their child has an appropriate safety seat, regardless of who is transporting the child. Violating this law could result in a $75 fine for the first offense, and a fine of $200 for a second offense.
Our Illinois car accident attorneys remind our readers that you should always make sure your children are in the appropriate seat for their age and weight and encourage our readers to take advantage of Illinois Safety Seat Fitting Stations. There are several throughout the state of Illinois, they are free, and more information on them can be found through the Cyber Drive Illinois website. Remember, children under the age of 8 must be in an appropriate seating system, and as of January 2012, all children between the ages 8 and 16-years-old are required to wear a seatbelt.