New Safety Initiative Targets “Playing It Safe With Kids and Cars”

by Carmen Dellutri on April 2, 2013

Cape Coral accident lawyerCars can be a dangerous place for children. In fact, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old.

As part of its outreach efforts, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a new booklet for parents, entitled Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars. It offers tips for picking and installing the right safety seat and discusses a number of dangers that can lurk in and around cars.

Since we have recently discussed car seat safety, we would like to discuss a few of the hidden vehicle risks that our readers may not be aware of, including:

Backover: Backing over a child can cause serious injury or even death. This type of accident typically occurs when
a driver backing out of a driveway or parking space does not see a child behind the vehicle. To prevent backovers, tell children not to play around vehicles. Before getting into a vehicle, check around and behind the vehicle, as well as the surrounding area, to ensure that no children are present.

Heatstroke: Heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths not caused by a crash for children under the age of 14. Vehicles can heat up very quickly in almost all weather conditions. You should never leave a child unattended in a car, no matter how short the stop, or what the weather is, even if the windows are cracked.

Rollaway: Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle that has the ignition on or the keys in the ignition is never safe. Unattended children can accidentally cause the vehicle to roll or even drive away, especially if the engine is running.

Seat Belt Entanglement: Children can get bored during car trips and may play with the seat belt – sometimes pulling the seat belt all the way out and accidently wrapping it around their head and neck. Any seat belts you don’t use should be buckled and locked to prevent entanglement. You can also prevent entanglement by making sure your child is properly restrained and teaching children that seat belts are not toys.

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

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

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