Playing an Active Role in the Roadway Safety of Your Child

Engineers and manufacturers all across the United States are hard at work designing and producing the best possible cars and car seats for parents carrying young children, and it is likely that as time goes on, child safety on our nation’s roadways will continue to improve. Despite these advancements, parents must also serve as active agents in the safety of their kids, and this means taking full advantage of technological innovations, following their correct installation procedures, and ensuring that you are using proper safety devices in terms of their size and weight ranges. If you are looking for other ways to make a positive impact on your child’s automotive safety, here are a few other tips that research has found affective:

Be a Role Model-Studies and research projects have shown time and time again that when adults wear seatbelts, their kids wear seat belts. Infants and young children are like sponges, absorbing new information and mimicking the behavior they see around them. More times than not, this means mom and dad are primary role models, whose responsible behavior behind the wheel can have life long implications on the safety of their kids.

Educate Yourself Before Buying a Car Seat-Education can mean so many things. First of all, never buy a used car seat unless you are fully aware of its crash history and usage (such as from a family member or close friend). Worn car seats, or used safety devices that have been involved in a crash must never be reused. Knowing all the information needed to install and use a car seat is also crucial. Nearly 75% of all car seats are either incorrectly used or improperly installed, and this is one reason why road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries among American children.

Keep Yourself Educated, Even After Buying a Car Seat-Auto design defects and other problems put children at risk, and no matter how much research you do before you purchase a car seat, it won’t matter if you fail to act on recall data or other pertinent safety findings. This also means closely monitoring the weight and height of your children, and replacing safety devices as needed. (Safe Kids Worldwide – Children’s National Medical Center)

Our Chicago car accident lawyers understand that when it comes to being a parent, the thought of your child being killed or injured in a traffic accident is a nightmare scenario. These cases present families with unimaginable physical, emotional and fiscal burdens, and that is why choosing the right law firm is so important. Since 1992, our attorneys have successfully recovered more than $520 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we will fight for your right to compensation as well. If you think you may have a case, call our lawyers anytime for a free consultation.

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