Houston Car Seat Lawyers
Examining Car Seat Safety in the U.S.
Studies show that every year, there are an estimated 130,000 children who are treated for injuries sustained from car seat injuries. These Emergency Room visits often follow a car accident. In most cases, the associated injuries may have been lessened or prevented had the parents been appropriately educated on car seat safety. When surveyed, nearly 1 in 3 doctors in various ERs report that their emergency departments don't have any resources for educating parents on this measure for child safety. This research suggests the fact that ERs are allowed to educate the public on car seat safety tactics, and yet they are not being educated themselves on these methods.
Emergency Room Child Car Seat Safety Education Concerns
Dr. Michelle Macy, a clinical lecturer at the department of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and lead author of the study, claims that most doctors in the emergency departments are not educated themselves on the proper safety measures needed for car seats and child passenger safety. They lack the knowledge of the important resources that they can point the parents to in order to prevent accidents.
Macy says that, often, when these parents bring their children in for care, the kids are quickly treated and sent on their way without obtaining any helpful sources for safety implementation. She then addresses that, specifically, when a child is treated for an emergency injury by a person without specific pediatric training, the parents are even less likely to receive any education on safety practices for car seats. This would account for about 85% of all emergency child treatments who are sent to general care practitioners rather than pediatricians.
Is Your Child's Car Seat Safe?
In the event of a car accident, likely, your car seat will no longer be able to provide the necessary safety for the child. According to NHTSA, there are a few guidelines that are essential for car seats, namely when it's time to replace an old seat after an accident.
Your car seat is likely safe to use after an accident if the following are true:
- No passengers were injured in the crash.
- No airbags deployed on impact.
- The vehicle was safe to drive after the accident.
- There were no intrusions around the car seat.
If all of the above is true of the car after an accident, your car seat is generally considered to be safe for further use. However, it is also important to follow the guidelines given on the car seats to ensure your children are as safe as possible. Implementing child car seat safety is essential, and the emergency rooms ought to have these resources widely available for the people. By a parent receiving education on the matter, it is the children who will reap the benefits by having their lives well protected.
The NHTSA reminds parents of a few necessities when traveling with young children:
- If your child's age requires a car seat, make sure you use them no matter how far you are going.
- Follow the strict standards for the height, weight, and age given by the car seat manufacturer.
- Make sure that your car seat is compatible with your vehicle model.
- Any child under the age of 12 needs to ride in the backseat for further protection.
How an Attorney Can Help You After Car Seat Injuries
Sadly, car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities in children under the age of 4 years old. In many cases, these accidents kill them because the children were improperly restrained (or not at all) within the vehicle. Believe it or not, half of these deaths were caused by children and infants not using the recommended child passenger restraint necessary for their age group. Every year there about 700,000 children who are injured in a car accident across the United States, and per year there are an estimated 2,000 child fatalities as a result of these accidents.
Due to a car seat's importance, if a product is not up to standard or there is a malfunction, your child may become a part of this devastating statistic. As parents, it is our responsibility to make sure that we are providing our children with the safest traveling environment possible. However, if a car seat is defective, that ability to do so has been greatly compromised. In the event a defective car seat has led to the injury or death of your child, contact us for a lawyer you can trust. If another driver's negligent actions caused the car accident, we will seek to prove their responsibility for the crash and fight for the rightful compensation you deserve. Whatever the cause of your child's injury, we at Arnold & Itkin are committed to providing our clients with the legal care they deserve.
Contact us today for more information, and we will begin discussing the details of your possible claim.