Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Promote Child Passenger Safety


January 07, 2016

While cautious driving is important at all times, the importance of exercising care and prudence behind the wheel increases when transporting a child passenger. Georgia has a number of special laws that are designed to decrease the risk of car accident-related injuries to kids. Two important restrictions that are designed to protect young passengers are laws mandating child safety restraint systems and prohibiting DUI with a child passenger. While most parents would never think to endanger kids by ignoring these prohibitions, our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers are ardent advocates of child passenger safety in order to promote 100 percent compliance.

A recent story of a mom transporting her kids in Tennessee provides a textbook example of what not to do if you are a parent. A concerned motorist observed a woman reclined in the driver's seat as her ten-year-old daughter manned the steering wheel from her mom's lap. The concerned observer watched as the vehicle weaved dangerously in and out of traffic. When the concerned motorist informed the mom that he was going to call the police, her mother reportedly instructed her to try to ram the Good Samaritan's car. Moreover, the mom apparently allowed her daughter to drive because she was too intoxicated. Although designated drivers are a valuable safety precaution, it goes without saying that they should probably have a driver's license and be older than 10.

As noted above, this mom's conduct constitutes a sobering example of what parents should not do when their children are in the car. Georgia driving laws expressly prohibit some of this mother's unsafe driving practices. When a driver commits DUI with a child under 14 in the vehicle, the adult can be charged with the separate offense of endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is a separate and distinct offense from a DUI charge, so the penalties from both can be imposed simultaneously.

Georgia law enforcement agencies also strictly enforce child safety restraint laws. Children under the age of eight must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety restraint system. Georgia's car seat law imposes the following requirements:

• The restraint is appropriate for the child's weight and height;
• It is positioned in the rear seat;
• It meets United States federal standards; and
• It is used according to manufacturer's instructions.

These specific child passenger laws only tell part of the story because intoxicated motorists or otherwise reckless drivers can face additional charges, such as child endangerment charges, when transporting a child passenger in an unsafe manner.

Our law firm has consistently pursued a reputation as the best auto accident lawyers in the Southeast while promoting vehicle safety for kids. Montlick and Associates is involved in a range of initiatives and programs that promote child passenger safety, which include the following:

• SafeAmerica®;
• HelpKeepKidsSafe®;
• Booster Seat PSAs; and
• Positively Georgia™.

Montlick and Associates Puts Child Safety First

The Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates see the tragic consequences of neglecting child passenger safety far too often and we urge all drivers to exercise caution when transporting kids. In response to all the suffering our attorneys have seen, we strive to be the best personal injury law firm in the Southeast and beyond. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for more than 30 years, including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins, and 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. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Sources:

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/04/22/drunk-driving-woman-lets-10-year-old-take-the-wheel/?ncid

Category: Auto Accidents

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