As Huntsville passenger injury attorneys, we know that sometimes, accidents happen. Even so, a properly fitted safety seat ensures that your child’s protection in the event of an accident. Other safety recommendations, discussed below, will also help protect you, your child, and other passengers should an accident occur. Don’t be lazy. Protect your child from danger.
Preventing Injury During an Accident
In observance of Child Passenger Safety Week, use these safety tips:
- Make sure your older child is using the proper vehicle restraints. Your child must wear a vehicle safety belt when riding in a car once they are 6 to 15 years of age.
- Car seat, booster seat, or safety belt? Make sure you have the right car seat for your small child.
- Use the right car seat based upon your child’s age and weight. Alabama law requires that children be secured in an industry standard and approved safety seat restraint appropriate to their age until 6 years old:
Babies who are newborn or under 20 pounds: secured in an appropriately configured rear-facing convertible car seat or a static rear facing infant car seat until a year old or weigh 20 pounds.
Children 1 to 5 years of age, and weighing between 20 to 40 pounds: secured in a forward facing car seat or an appropriately configured, forward-facing convertible car seat until they weigh over 40 pounds or five years old.
Children 5 to 6 years of age, or weighing 40-plus pounds: secured in an industry-approved car booster seat.
Other child passenger safety recommendations:
- Your child should always ride in the back seat of a car, whether in a safety seat device or simply wearing a seat belt.
- Don’t place a rear-facing car seat in the front passenger seat if there’s an active airbag on that side.
- Use a lap-and-shoulder-belt combination to restrain your child in a booster seat.
- Do not place shoulder restraints behind your child’s back or under an arm.
- Once your child is four feet, nine inches tall, they can use a lap-and-shoulder-belt combination.
Final child passenger safety considerations:
- Never place your small child closely in front of an air bag. Children under the age of 13 can be seriously injured or killed if they’re struck by an airbag. Infants in rear facing car seats have been injured or killed by an airbag. To be safe, all infants and children under the age of 13 should ride (properly restrained) in the back seat. Save your child from harm.
- Check for properly fastened belts. Once your child outgrows their booster seat, show them how to properly put on and take off a seat belt. Also, show them how to position it correctly.
Call Huntsville Passenger Injury Attorneys
Were you or your child injured in a car accident? Call us at (256) 533-5000 and speak to one of our Huntsville passenger injury attorneys as soon as possible. Our office hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, but we are available 24/7 to take your call.