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Help Reduce Risk of Injuries to Children in Accidents

Friday, May 24, 2013

Over the next few weeks, thousands of children will make holiday trips across the country. These trips are some of the riskiest that they will ever take because summer is peak travel season in California and around the country. That means an increased risk of accidents that injure child passengers.

The AAA is offering some advice for parents and caregivers to reduce the risk of injuries to children in an accident. The number one piece of advice that any California car accident lawyer would offer is to make sure that you appropriately restrain children in the car. Make sure that younger children are in car seats or booster seats, and older children are buckled in.

Make sure that your car seat is installed properly. A badly or improperly seat can actually increase injury risks. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be restrained in booster seats until they reach a minimum height of 4’9. Most children between the age of eight and 12 fall in this group.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that as many as three out of four car seats are improperly installed. Get a car seat technician to check your car seat installation.

Buy a car seat that is manufactured by a reputed maker. Avoid buying used car seats.

Even older children who can wear seat belts must be seated safely in the back seat. Keep children occupied in the car with games and puzzles to eliminate the risk of distractions.

Another major source of injuries to children in a car in the event of an accident are loose objects in the car. Make sure that all items are safely stowed away in the trunk. These items include toys and accessories.

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