Car Seats Save Kids’ Lives in Accidents

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National Child Passenger Safety Week runs September 14 to September 20. One of the key messages of this weeklong observance is the importance of securing children in an appropriate car seat should an accident occur. If you and your children are injured in a collision, our Parkersburg car accident attorneys can provide compassionate personal and legal assistance throughout the course of your case.

According to information released by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are a major cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 13. Proper use of a car seat could prevent such a tragic outcome for your child.

To keep your child safe in the family car, take the following steps:

  • Know the law: West Virginia requires that children under the age of 8 and 4 feet 9 inches or shorter must be secured in an appropriate car seat
  • Find the correct car seat: Buy the right safety seat for your child’s age and size
  • Use the car seat correctly: Make sure all harnesses and belts are securely fastened and the seat is facing in the right direction
  • Register the car seat: By visiting the NHTSA website, you can search manufacturers and provide pertinent information to be notified of safety defects or recall notices

Car accidents can tear entire families apart, especially if one or more of the vehicle’s occupants aren’t secure in their seats. By taking the time to research, purchase, and use the right car seat, you can help protect your precious cargo should you have the misfortune to be in a crash. And, if you’re an adult, don’t forget to buckle your own seatbelt before hitting the road.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, don’t suffer the aftermath of the injuries alone. Contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1 304-865-8530 today to schedule a no-cost review of your case. Our lawyers serve clients in Parkersburg and throughout West Virginia.