As a parent, you may be asking yourself how you can protect your children from the potential injuries these accidents might cause? We answer that here.
Everyone who drives has a dark fear of crashing. It’s understandable. When you get behind the wheel you are in charge of upwards of 3 tons of metal, hurtling along at up to 80 mph – or more. It is only natural that you be a little afraid of the power you are controlling.
Unfortunately, we can’t control what other people on the road are likely to do. If they decide to swerve, lose control of their vehicle, or if someone walks out in front of either driver, an accident will ensue. What we want to know is how we can protect our kids from the potential injuries these accidents might cause. Regardless of what we do, accidents will happen. Here’s how you can protect your family if they should happen to you.
Protecting your Kids from a Car Accident
Here are 6 ways to secure your child’s safety when the road turns dangerous…
1 – Choice of Vehicle
Although some of us aren’t privileged enough to have a choice in what we drive, those with children ought to make safety a priority. If you are driving a 4×4, your kids are more likely to be safe and protected than they are in a 1 liter engine car. This is due to the structural integrity of the vehicle. USA Today has already put together a list of the safest cars to drive.
2 – Buckle In
Seatbelts are mandatory in most countries and America is no exception. Every time you get in the vehicle, do your own seat belt then make sure your kids are buckled in. This is one of those instances where you have to lead by example so that your kids follow common sense in later life.
3 – Proper Heights
If your children are particularly small, they ought to be in a booster seat. Car seats are built to withstand impacts and are a great way to keep your smaller children safe. Of course, not every child fits in a car seat but those that do should use one.
4 – Back Seat
Children can ride in the front of your car in most states, but the back of your car is safer. If you have a collision, children who are in the backseat are better protected from damages. This is a tip straight out of the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s pages. They have a wealth of resources for those concerned about the safety of their children while they are driving.
5 – Facing Forward
Rear facing child seats are notoriously bad for car accidents. The CDC, who claims that 150 children under the age of 19 are treated every hour for car accident injuries in America. It is one of the leading causes of death among children of that age. Prevent it by making sure those car seats face forward to give them the best chances at survival.
6 – Lawyer Up
So even if you have taken all of the steps above, your child or children might still be hurt in the event of a car accident. Obviously, you want them to be safe, so you rush them to the ER to get checked out. This will inevitably incur costs – medical bills that might not even be your fault. In this case, it is time to get an attorney.
MG Law specializes in car accidents and is able to fight in your corner if you are left severely injured. Don’t let those at fault get away with it because car accidents can ruin lives.