Keeping Your Kids Safe During an Accident [INFOGRAPHIC]

Keeping Your Kids Safe During an Accident [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Car Safety Matters

You want to ensure the utmost safety for your child in everyday life, but don’t neglect to think about how they are protected while riding in your car, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 97,000 children are injured in motor vehicle accidents every year, and unfortunately, it is the leading cause of death for children 12 and younger.

As a parent, there are many things that you can do to keep your child safe while on the road. One of the most critical is to remind your children of the importance of remaining in safety belts whenever the car is turned on. This is crucial, especially considering that seat belt usage is a factor in 33% of traffic fatalities of children.

Keeping Your Kids Safe During an Accident infographic, information included in blog copy.

Safety Changes in Age and Size

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that children change their vehicle safety restraints as they increase in age and size. Here is what they suggest:

  • Ages 0-2 years: rear-facing car seat.
  • Ages 2-4 years: front-facing car seat.
  • Ages 4-12 years: booster seat and safety belt.
  • Ages 12+: seat belt only.

It’s important to remember that most car seat manufacturers have height and weight regulations for using their product, so you will want to make sure that you are paying closer attention to these as well. Arkansas also requires seat belt usage in all children ages 15 and younger.

In Case of Emergency

No one anticipates being in an accident but sometimes they can be inevitable. Instead of panicking, here are three things you should keep in mind:

  • Call 911 and ask for an officer at the scene to file a report.
  • Don't wait to receive medical treatment. If you are at all concerned about the health of you or your children, visit a doctor.
  • If anyone is injured, consider calling Easley & Houseal, PLLC to discuss a potential case: (870) 330-0015.
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