Having a child injured in an auto accident is a terrible thought for any parent, especially since the safety of your children is in the hands of every other driver on the road. If you're in an accident, a skilled personal injury attorney can help you collect compensation for your losses, but taking steps to keep your child safe can prevent those injuries from occurring in the first place. In the car, safety begins with choosing the right car seat.
3 Guidelines for Choosing the Right Car Seat
1. Consider Their Age
Many states require children under the age of two to be secured in a backward-facing car seat, which will protect their head and spine from personal injury in case of a collision. In Alabama, children over the age of one or weighing more than 40 pounds can use a forward-facing child seat.
2. Even Toddlers Need Protection
While the rules vary from one state to another, most require some form of safety restraint until a child is six to eight years old. When they're too big for a car seat, most children are required to sit in a booster seat so that seat belts and other safety equipment work properly.
3. Perform Regular Safety Checks
Make sure that all belts have no slack when fastened, and that the clasp is located in the middle of your child's chest at the armpit level. Also make sure that the car seat is securely fastened with the lap belt with no more than an inch of give in any direction. Remember to adjust the straps accordingly as your child grows, and to replace the car seat as soon as it's too small.
For 17 years, the personal injury attorneys at The Gil Law Firm in Dothan have represented parents throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia whose children have been injured in auto accidents. Learn more how they help you achieve justice online now, read reviews of the law firm on Facebook, or call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation today.