The number of car accidents is on the rise across the country – including the number of fatal car accidents. This isn’t good news for anyone but can be even more devastating for parents when they learn that children are even more likely to be killed in car accidents than adults are. No one wants to lose their child and no one wants to have to think about losing their child – yet failing to take steps to protect them could have catastrophic consequences.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can help clients who have been involved in car accidents but our preference would be for everyone to avoid car accidents in the first place. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your children safe. If you are involved in an accident and need help from an experienced attorney, contact us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have startling statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 19 is a car accident. In fact, more children in that age range die every year by simply being a passenger in a car than die by drowning, falls, and accidental suffocation – combined.
That’s not as bad as it gets though because most car accidents are not fatal. Consider that non-fatal car accidents are one of the top causes of injury for children between the ages of 15 and 19. No matter how you look at it, children are at risk every time they get into a car.
Car seats are essential
What is the most important thing you can do to keep your child safe? Make sure they are in a car seat. If they are too old for a car seat, then make sure they wear a seatbelt every time they are in a car. Car seats have been around for many years but the technological improvements in the last few years makes them safer than they have ever been before.
In fact, after significant testing, the CDC reports that car seats can lower the risk of death and catastrophic injury by 71% for children under four years old and by 45% for children between four and eight years old. For children who are too old for a car seat, a booster seat can make a huge difference by ensuring the child is the appropriate height for the car’s seatbelt to offer maximum protection.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we know that a person’s children are their most precious commodity. We know that nothing can take the place of a lost loved one and that any injury can be life changing. While we sincerely hope that everyone will stay safe, no matter how many steps a person takes they cannot reduce their risk to 0%. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident then we urge you to contact us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.