Huntsville passenger injury attorneys know that sometimes, you may need to use their services. Even so, a properly fitted safety seat is one of the best ways to ensure that your child will be protected in the event of an accident. Other safety recommendations, discussed below, will also help protect you, your child, and other passengers should an accident occur.
Preventing Injury During an Accident
In observance of Child Passenger Safety Week, which occurs September 17 through 23, use these safety tips:
- Make sure your older child is using the proper vehicle restraints. Your child must wear a vehicle safety belt when riding in a car once they are 6 to 15 years of age.
- Car seat, booster seat, or safety belt? Make sure you have the right car seat for your small child.
- Use the right car seat based upon your child’s age and weight. Alabama law requires that children be secured in an industry standard and approved safety seat restraint appropriate to their age until they are 15 years old, are as follows:
- Newborn babies or babies under 20 pounds must sit in an appropriately configured rear-facing convertible car seat or a static rear facing infant car seat until a year old or weigh 20 pounds.
- Children 1 to 5 years of age, and weighing between 20 to 40 pounds must be secured in a forward facing car seat or an appropriately configured, forward-facing convertible car seat until they weigh over 40 pounds or are five years old.
- Children 5 to 6 years of age, or weighing 40-plus pounds must sit in an industry-approved car booster seat when they weigh at least 40 pounds or five to six years old.
Other child passenger safety recommendations:
- Your child should always ride in the back seat of a car; whether in a safety seat device or simply wearing a seat belt.
- Don’t place a rear-facing car seat in the front passenger seat if there’s an active airbag on that side.
- Use a lap-and-shoulder-belt combination to restrain your child in a booster seat.
- Do not place shoulder restraints behind your child’s back or under an arm.
- Once your child is four feet, nine inches tall, they can use a lap-and-shoulder-belt combination.
Final child passenger safety considerations:
- Never place your small child closely in front of an air bag. Children under 13 can receive serious injuries or even killed if struck by an airbag at close range. Infants in rear facing car seats face the same danger of injuries or death by an airbag. To be safe, all infants and children under the age of 13 should ride (properly restrained) in the back seat.
- Fasten seat belts properly. Once your child outgrows their booster seat, show them how to properly put on and take off a seat-belt. You should also show them how to position it correctly.
Call Huntsville Passenger Injury Attorneys
If you or your child is injured in a car accident, call us at (256) 533-5000 to speak to one of our Huntsville passenger injury attorneys as soon as possible. Our office hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, but we are available 24/7 to take your call.