Keeping the Youngest Safe During a Car Accident

Our firm has decades of experience representing clients injured in vehicle accidents. The most important point about any car accident is how to avoid it. If you cannot prevent an accident, staying safe during a collision is critical — particularly if there are children in the car.

In September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than one-third of children under the age of 13 who died in vehicle accidents in 2011were not wearing seatbelts or provided appropriate car or booster seats.

The report included disturbing facts about car safety for children, stating that:

  • Approximately two children were killed and 338 injured each day in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.
  • Unrestrained children were more likely to die in larger vehicles like sports utility vehicles (SUVs), pickup trucks, vans and passenger cars.
  • Between 1975 and 2011, an estimated 10,000 children survived car accidents that would likely have caused death had restraints not been used.

Many parents have difficulty adjusting or installing car seats in vehicles. While some issues — like use of an anchor — can be addressed, incompatibility between a car seat and a car cannot.

The NHTSA offers advice to parents through the SaferCar app, available for free on iTunes. The app gives information about installing car seats and provides the addresses of local facilities that perform car seat checks.

Keep children safe from injury during a collision in California. Always be sure your children use seatbelts, and install appropriate car seats for younger children.

If you or your child is injured in an accident in San Jose, speak with reputable legal counsel about your options.

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