As Florida personal injury attorneys, we’ve seen devastating results of Orlando car accidents that could have been prevented if the children involved had been buckled up properly. While many parents always buckle up their children correctly for each and every car ride, there are some parents and other adults who are uncertain of the exact recommendations and may not have the seatbelts connected or used in the best way possible to prevent injury.
To help, here are a few safety tips to follow for children when buckling up:
- Use a booster seat. Booster seats are recommended for children until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. A booster seat puts children at the right height so the safety belt can work properly. The shoulder strap should cross over the child’s chest and the lap belt should fit snugly across the child’s upper thighs.
- Do not put the shoulder strap behind the child’s back. Many children prefer to sit with the shoulder strap behind their back because it is more comfortable. However, doing this can lead to more severe injuries during a car accident. For the seatbelt to work properly, it’s important to wear it the way the manufacturer designed it to be worn.
- Keep all children under the age of 13 in the back seat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children younger than 13 ride in the back seat. This is to avoid potential injuries caused by the deployment of an airbag if an accident should occur.
Knowledge Equals Power in Orlando Auto Accident Cases
If you’ve been involved in a Florida car accident with a child, contact the Auto Justice Attorney for help settling your claim fairly.