Keeping Children Safe: Reducing the Risk of Serious Injury in Atlanta Auto Accidents
Serious car accidents that result in the death of vehicle occupants are always a tragic event, but the sadness and heartbreak can be even greater when the victims are children. Car accidents remain the leading cause of death for young children. A terrible auto collision near Decatur that caused the death of one adult and one child passenger, and hospitalization of the remaining four passengers, including two other children, serves as a tragic reminder. The child passengers were traveling in an SUV that collided with a red sedan when it fled from police according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
While it appears the circumstances of this car crash are unusual, there are certain actions that parents can take to make their children safer. Children of the appropriate age and weight should be secured in a car seat or booster seat because seatbelts do not provide a sufficient level of protection for child passengers until they are of the appropriate size and weight for the use of regular belts. Drivers also should avoid unsafe driving practices that increase the risk and severity of a collision, such as:
- Speeding: When drivers exceed the speed limit, the risk of a collision and severity both increase. The driver has less time to make steering adjustments or brake in response to stopped traffic or other road hazards.
- Alcohol and Drugs: While drivers should never operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operation of a motor vehicle with a child in the car may result in criminal charges.
- Cell Phones: Driving distractions are one of the leading causes of car accident fatalities. Although it can be tempting to answer the phone or glance at a text while driving, it is not worth the risk of a collision that causes injury to child passengers.
Many families lose their child or see their child suffer severe permanent injuries because drivers violate these basic safe driving rules. Tragically, in a typical year, more than 1,300 children under the age of 14 die in auto collisions and more than 170,000 are injured according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reports that securing children in age-appropriate car seats and booster seats can reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries to children by half. Despite the danger posed to children who are not in proper safety restraints, one study revealed that 618,000 children were not secured in a car seat or booster seat at least some of the time during a recent twelve month period, according to the CDC.
Our experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to parents whose children are injured in car crashes throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state of Georgia.
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