The last thing we want to do as parents is put our child’s life at risk when we get behind the wheel. That is exactly what we do when we do not properly fasten them into their car seats. Their risk of being seriously injured in a Daytona Beach car accident increases exponentially when improperly restrained.
The Dangers of Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are exceptionally dangerous for children. The CDC reports:
- Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for kids older than three.
- Auto accidents injure approximately 179,000 kids annually in the U.S.
The Effectiveness of Car Seats
Studies show that properly used car seats can be effective in saving a child’s life. The CDC reports that car seats reduce the chances of death:
- For infants by 71 percent.
- For toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4 by 54 percent.
Not All Children Are Properly Secured
According to the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, not all kids are properly restrained. The study also concluded that parents’ own habits play a role. Drivers who drive unbuckled are 23 times more likely to leave their child unrestrained.
If you or your child has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We will work hard to protect you and your child’s rights.