A child can be the most susceptible to personal injuries. They are smaller and easily more fragile. During the impact of a Bucks County accident, children can be thrown around inside the vehicle, or slip out of their safety devices and be thrown from the car. Bucks County personal injury lawyer, Michael L. Saile, Jr., explains how injuries a child suffers from a car accident could affect that child’s life forever.
250,000 child injuries due to car accidents happen every year.
700 children get hurt every day because of car accidents.
There are a few factors that can cause injuries to a child in a car accident. They are:
• Improper installation and/or use of seat belts. Many seat belts are designed to fit the average adult. There are special guidelines that should be followed when securing a child with a seat belt to insure maximum protection.
• Improper installation and/or use of safety seats. This includes incorrect placement of a seat belt over booster seats and infant safety seats facing forward as opposed to facing the rear of the car. Incorrect routing of the seat belt over safety seats is another example.
• Children placed too close to airbags. If a child is sitting too close to the airbag, in the event of an accident, a child can be injured, sometimes fatally, by the impact of the deployment of an airbag.
Injury Prevention Measures
Despite the dangers to a child after a car accident, there are ways to prevent injuries. There are many types of safety equipment out there that help parents safely transport a child in a car. Depending on the age and size of your child will determine which safety device you should purchase. Here are some guidelines for the type of protection your child needs:
• A federally approved infant safety seat should be used on children one-year old and younger. This safety seat should be facing the rear of the vehicle so that the head is protected. The safety seat should also be reclined a little bit to protect the head of the child.
• A child between the ages of one and four can sit in a convertible seat that faces toward the front of the car. This seat must have harness straps that can secure the child in place.
• When the child becomes too big for this convertible seat, a booster seat can be used. The booster seat can be used until the child is big enough to just be supported by a seat belt. Children under the age of 12 should sit in the back seat because they could still be severely injured by sitting too close to an airbag.
If your child has been injured in a Pennsylvania car accident and you feel the accicent was the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Bucks County personal injury law firm of Cordisco & Saile LLC to speak to an experienced attorney.