The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes Child Passenger Safety Week each September in an effort to highlight the importance of properly buckling up children in the correct car seat for their size and age. According to a 2015 national survey, about 37.4% of children between the ages of four and seven in the United States were not being properly restrained while riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle. The survey also showed that 25.8% were restrained by seat belts, and 11.6% were unrestrained altogether. Plus, 13.6% of children were prematurely moved from an infant car seat to a booster seat.
Furthermore, the survey indicated that proper child restraint usage among Hispanic children between the ages of one and 12 was lower than the national average. The lowest percentage of child restraint usage was among non-Hispanic African-American children between the ages of eight and 12 years old.
Among the events that the NHTSA sponsors are National Seat Check Saturday, during which hundreds of checkpoints are set up to allow parents to ensure that they are using their child restraining systems correctly. Local law enforcement agencies also sponsor educational presentations about the appropriate usage of child restraint systems, as well as car seat registration opportunities so that their owners receive notifications in the event of a recall. Finally, some presentations will advise parents about how to choose proper car seats for their children, including determining when their children are ready to move from infant seats to booster seats.
If you or a loved one suffers serious or fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the party or parties who are responsible for the accident that led to those injuries. In order to develop your claim for damages, we must determine which party or entity was at fault for the accident, acted in a negligent or reckless manner, or otherwise acted in a manner that caused death or injury to your loved one. At Boller & Vaughan, our Madison accident lawyers can help you with this inquiry and carefully guide you through any personal injury or wrongful death claims that you may have against various responsible parties.