Cape Coral Parents: Do You Always Use Booster Seats When Carpooling?

by Carmen Dellutri on February 13, 2012

Fort Myers car accident attorneyWhen carting around a car full of kids, do you always make sure every child has a booster seat? If you answered no, you are not alone.

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), half of the 1,612 parents of 4- to 8-year-olds admitted that they sometimes let passengers – and their own kids – go booster free if not every child is using one.

As reported by MSNBC, a third of the parents surveyed indicated that arranging for that extra safety seat in advance was too hard. In addition, the study suggests that many drivers just find it easier to have all the kids either in or out of booster seats.

As parents, we understand that it’s not always easy to ensure every child is properly buckled up. However, as Cape Coral personal injury attorneys, we know that the failure to use booster seats can lead to serious injuries.

According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14. Moreover, 32 percent of fatalities involve children who were unrestrained.

While Florida does not currently have a booster seat law, (unlike 48 other states), booster seats have been shown to save lives. Therefore, safety experts recommend that children continue riding in booster seats until the vehicle safety belts fit properly. Safety belts fit properly when the lap belt lies across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest.

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

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

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