As personal injury lawyers, we see first hand the effects car accidents have on families. While any one accident can be traumatic, the most devastating often involve children who have been injured or worse. While car accidents can’t always be prevented, the risk of injury or fatality to children can be significantly decreased with the proper restraint system. If car seats are installed incorrectly, however, the consequences can be severe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 723 children, 12 and younger, died as occupants in motor vehicles in crashes in 2016 and more than 128,000 were injured. Of those fatalities, 35 percent were not properly buckled. This is why it’s so important for parents, guardians, and caretakers to understand the significance of choosing and installing a car seat.