Do You Know How Best Protect Your Child in a Naples Car Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on August 29, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyIt can often be difficult for parents to keep up with the new child-restraint safety recommendations. However, properly securing your child in a car seat or booster seat is the best way to protect your child from being seriously injured in a Naples car accident.

According to a new study by the University of Michigan, many parents are not using the proper restraints. Researchers examined data on more than 21,000 children observed in cars at gas stations, fast-food restaurants, recreation centers and child care centers from 2007 to 2009 and found many were not wearing age-appropriate restraints, as set forth in the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As we have previously discussed on this blog, the new guidelines state that children under two years of age should sit in rear-facing car seats, and booster seats should be used until children reach 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old. In addition, the AAP recommends that children remain in the back seat until they are 13 years old.

Below are several alarming findings revealed by the study, as detailed by the New York Times:

  • Twenty-one percent of children under the age of 4 were not restrained in car seats or booster seats.
  • Thirty-three percent of 4- and 5-year olds, and 66 percent of 6- and 7-year-olds were not restrained as recommended.
  • Eleven percent of children were not wearing seat belts or sitting in car seats at all.
  • Black and Hispanic children were more likely than white children to be restrained improperly.
  • Children who were driving with an adult not wearing a seat belt or with four or more children in the car were most likely to be unrestrained.

Of course, even when parents do everything right, restraint systems can still malfunction. Therefore, it is also a good idea to keep an eye out for car seat recalls as well.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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