Study Shows Booster Seats Laws Work, Will Florida Get on Board?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 9, 2012

Sarasota car accident lawyerA recent study confirms that booster seat laws work by lowering the number of injuries from serious motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the few states that do not require these child safety seats.

According to Med Page Today, researchers found that the number of serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes among children ages 4 to 8 dropped in states where booster seats are required during a recent 11-year period. States like Florida Arizona, and South Dakota that do not have booster laws in place did not experience a similar drop in injuries.

The findings suggest that booster seat laws are associated with significant reductions in death or incapacitating injuries for children ages 4 to 6, according to Lois Lee, MD, MPH, of Boston Children's Hospital.

"Our recommendation is that all states really should cover the optimal age, at least through 8 years old," she said in an interview with MedPage Today. She further noted that there are currently no federal requirements.

As Port Charlotte injury attorneys, we are hopeful that the new research may encourage Florida lawmakers to join the rest of the country in mandating these important child safety seats. For now, we encourage parents to take the initiative to keep their children safe.

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 Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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