Data shows that nearly half of children seriously injured in a car crash were not in a car seat. All parents know the importance of using car seats, but properly installing these and ensuring that they match your child’s height and weight are extremely important. Families spend a significant amount of time on the road, whether it’s a long-haul road trip or a short errand run every single day.
More than 3.9 million children ages 10 and under were involved in crashes while riding in a vehicle between 2017 and 2021. Nearly 3,000 of them were killed and 527,000 of them were injured. When used properly, seat belts, booster seats, and infant seats can all help to reduce the risk of injury or death for young children.
In fact, US Department of Transportation data shows that child restraints can reduce fatalities by up to 71% for those babies under a year old and by over 50% for children ages one to four.
Don’t skip the booster phase to avoid serious risks. The data decreased by more than half for car seat use between the ages of seven and eight. Many parents may not realize that fitting a seat belt is much more about the height of the child than their age, and booster seats typically accommodate children up to 57 inches. If your child has recently been injured in a serious vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Working with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer can help you evaluate your case and get your child the compensation they need to recover and move forward.