Today kicks off National Child Passenger Safety Week. While every week is important throughout the years, this week can help new and expecting parents keep their kids safe in the car by following some important guidance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.)
New Haven auto accidents can be extremely dangerous for all passengers in a car, but if children are not properly buckled in and seated in the right seats it can have an even greater risk for the littlest among us. Parents can make sure their children are safe in the car by following the recommendations of the NHTSA.
- Start with the right car seat. Whether you have a newborn or a child who is in early elementary school, choosing the right car seat for their weight and size is critical to their safety. Connecticut state statute has very specific regulations surrounding when you should move your child into certain types of restraints and how long they should be in those restraints. Following these guidelines will go a long way to keep your child safe and you out of trouble.
- Once you have the right seat chosen, get help checking to insure that it is properly installed and secured. Many local police or fire departments offer services to help parents install the car seats and secure them properly. If your local police or fire department does not offer this service, look in a surrounding town because these services are generally free and open to all parents, residents and non-residents alike.
- Take one last step and register your car seat. Registering your car seat is a step that many parents skip, but it is crucial. Throughout the life of your car seat there may be safety recalls that you need to be made aware of and if your seat is not registered the company will have no way to contact you to help you get the information you need.
Taking an active role in the safety of your child riding as a passenger in your car is critical to keeping your son or daughter from injuring herself/himself. If you take the steps listed above, you can rest assured that even if you do end up in a New Haven auto accident your child will be protected to the very best of your ability.
If you or a loved one do happen to get injured in an accident you may need an experienced attorney to work with you and fight the insurance company on your behalf to insure that you are compensated fully for your injury and property damage. Contact our office and one of our attorneys will review your case.