CAR ACCIDENT CHILD INJURY ATTORNEY
Car Crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children. 608 child passengers age 12 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 91,000 were injured in 2019. Of the children 12 and younger who died in a crash (for whom restraint use was known), 38% were not buckled up. Our car accident lawyers have represented many children over the last 25 years.
Parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference by checking whether their children are properly buckled on every trip.
- Restraint use among young children often depends on the driver’s seat belt use. In 2019, 67% of fatally injured children riding with unbelted drivers were also unrestrained (based on known restraint use).
KEEPING CHILD SECURE IN CAR HELPS IN CASE OF CRASH
Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries.
- Car seat use reduces the risk for injury in a crash by 71–82% for children, when compared with seat belt use alone.
- Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children age 4–8, when compared with seat belt use alone.
- The CDC provides guidance to ensure children are properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt— whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
- Rear-facing car seat: Birth until age 2–4. Check the car seat manual and labels on the car seat for weight and height limits.
- Booster seat: After outgrowing the forward-facing car seat and until the seat belt fits properly. This typically does not occur until children are age 9–12.
- Seat belt: Children no longer need to use a booster seat when the seat belt fits them properly. This typically does not occur until children are age 9–12. Keep children properly buckled and in the back seat through age 12 for the best possible protection.
- Don’t seat children in front of an air bag.
Air bags can kill young children riding in the front seat. Never place a rear-facing car seat in front of an air bag
- Always buckle older children who use booster seats or seat belts with a lap and shoulder belt. Both the lap and shoulder belt are needed for proper protection.
- Buckle children in the middle of the back seat.
Properly buckle children in the middle seating position of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest position in the vehicle.
- Use proper restraints on every trip.
Buckle children in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts on every trip—no matter how short the trip.
- Parents and caregivers: Always wear a seat belt.
Set a good example by always using a seat belt.
LAWYER FOR CHILD INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT MN
If your child was injured in an auto accident, call us for a free consultation. Our lawyers handle cases in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout Minnesota. We have represented hundreds of children over the last 25 years. Our attorneys understand the insurance issues and will make sure your child is fully compensated. We focus on immediate needs and future needs.