Anyone involved in a car accident is vulnerable to suffering an injury, but children are at an especially high risk of being harmed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that in 2011 alone, 650 kids under age 12 were killed as the result of motor vehicle collisions. Another 148,000 were injured.
Numbers like these leave many asking, “Why are children at such a high risk of danger in a crash?” Most experts agree it’s because safety equipment like seat belts and airbags are designed to protect adults, not young children.
Our Roanoke car accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm point out that placing a child in a safety or booster seat is the best way to keep your child safe in a car or truck. However, getting a safety or booster seat installed in the vehicle correctly can be tricky.
One study inspected over 3,500 booster and safety seats and found that up to 72 percent were installed incorrectly. Other recent research supports these findings, with only a handful of inspected vehicles found to have correctly installed child safety seats.
According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety examined 102 makes and models of different vehicles. They determined only three of those vehicles examined were rated as “good” when it came to the ease of installation of a child safety or booster seat.
So what can you do to ensure you child’s seat is installed securely? Our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm suggest taking your vehicle and the seat to your local police or fire department to have it installed and inspected. Doing so could save your child’s life in the event of an accident.