Car accidents happen all the time and they can be serious. Many people are injured in car accidents a year and often suffer from traumatic head and spine injuries as a result. These injuries can cause long-term psychological and physical disabilities.
That said, you love your children and, thus, you want to do everything you can to ensure their safety. While you can’t prevent car accidents entirely, there are a few ways to ensure your children are protected from catastrophic injuries in the event of one. Here’s what you should consider:
Use a car seat
While seat belts protect people from an accident, they’re typically made with adults in mind. Children won’t get the same security from a seat belt as you would. So, you should consider always using a car seat. Car seats are often made with thick plastic and padding and their multiple straps can greatly reduce injuries.
Legally speaking, however, you are required to use a car seat if your child is under or equal to 57 inches tall and less than six years of age. Not only does this ensure parents are protecting their children but also gives an outline for how long you should have your child in a car seat.
Kids stay in the back seats
You are more likely to get into a car accident from the back or front. Because of this, the back seats are typically the safest. You should consider keeping your child in the back seat. Furthermore, collisions can happen to the side of your vehicle and you may consider seating your child in the middle.
While you’re making it possible for your child to be safe during an accident, you should also consider what you can do to limit collisions. One of the biggest problems drivers have is distractions, especially if there are children in the car. Children don’t always know why adults do what they do and, as such, may try to get their parents’ attention while driving.
You should consider giving your child something to do during car rides, like playing on a tablet or toy or watching a movie. If you still find yourself getting distracted, then you may need to consider pulling over someplace safe until the distraction is over.
As stated above, accidents can still happen and everything you do to protect your child may not be enough. You may need to understand your legal rights to ensure you’re getting the right compensation for your and your child’s medical bills.