Motor Vehicle Safety Tips for Georgia Parents
While auto accidents can cause significant injury to occupants of all ages, vehicle collisions remain the leading cause of death of kids according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Car accidents cause the death of over 1,300 kids that are age 14 or younger and approximately 179,000 more kids are injured in a typical year according to the CDC. The CDC website also suggests that many of these tragic, fatal accidents involving kids are avoidable if appropriate safety precautions are taken, such as proper use of a car safety restraint, booster seat or seat belt.
Although there are various precautions that parents can take to reduce the risk of their child being injured in a collision involving a motor vehicle either as an occupant or pedestrian, the use of proper safety restraints provides a first line of defense. However, a CDC study revealed that over 618,000 children age 12 and under travel without the use of an appropriate safety restraint at least some of the time. When children are properly secured by a seatbelt or car seat, there is less risk that they will be ejected from the vehicle or slammed against a hard surface within the vehicle during a collision. The benefit provided to kids from using proper safety restraints is evidenced by data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that indicates child safety seats reduce the risk of fatality in a car accident by more than seventy percent for infants and by almost 55 percent for toddlers.
Kids also are more vulnerable to “backovers” and “frontovers” because kids playing in the vicinity of a vehicle generally are smaller and more difficult to see than adults. Tragically, almost 4 in 10 backover fatalities occur in the driveway of the home where the child resides according to the child vehicle safety advocacy group Safe Kids. During the summer months, the risk of backover accidents increases because kids are out of school so they may face exposure to these preventable accidents more hours of the day. Safe Kids offers a number of suggestions on their website for preventing accidents involving small children in driveways and parking lots:
- Avoid letting kids play in areas in close proximity to a driveway
- Always supervise kids near parking lots when vehicles are present
- Make a circle around your vehicle before getting in to start your car
- Hold the hand of small children in the proximity to vehicles in parking lots and driveways
- Instruct children on where it is safe to stand and play when vehicles are present
- Install backup cameras and warning devices in your vehicle and consider getting these important features in any new vehicles that you purchase.
At Montlick and Associates, our Georgia auto accident lawyers are committed to taking an active role in prevention of injuries to kids in motor vehicle accidents. If you have additional questions about car and booster seats we invite you to read about our Child Passenger Safety Program or if you have other vehicle safety questions involving kids click here to read about our other programs.
If your child is injured or tragically taken from you in an auto collision, our Georgia vehicle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.
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