During 2009 there were over 33,000 traffic fatalities in the United States. Children accounted for 1,300 of these deaths. This total represents the highest cause of death among children ages 3 to 14. In addition, 179,000 children age 14 and younger were injured in car accidents.
These numbers are sobering and mean that an average of 490 children were injured and four children were killed every day due to motor vehicle crashes in 2009.
Why are so many children dying during car accidents in Wisconsin and across the county? Research points to the proper use of child safety seats. While car seats reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4, too many are not using the proper seat for their child.
Though there may be some confusion over the correct seat for your child the information is often available right on your child safety seat manual. By carefully following the seat manufactures guidelines for installation and height and weight limits parents could significantly improve the outcome of a serious car accident.
Booster seat use, though extremely important, is looked at by many parents as unnecessary. However, recent reports as to the safest boosters and proper use point to significant improvement in accident outcomes for children ages four and up. As always, it is crucial that children age 12 and under are not seated in the front seat. The safest place for your child is in the backseat in a proper child safety seat or booster seat.
At Hupy & Abraham we want to protect you and your children before an accident occurs. If you have any questions as to the best way to keep you and your children safe in the car please browse the numerous articles in our library section.
If you have any questions or need help after your car, truck or motorcycle accident please contact your Milwaukee, Wis. personal injury attorney today.