Florida car accidents kill 68 children every year. On average, car crashes kill three children and injure nearly 500 every day in the United States. That makes car accidents in Florida and across the country the leading cause of death and injury among children under 13. Many Florida personal injury lawyers are likely to be familiar with such tragedies. But many of these car accident injuries and deaths are preventable.
Of course, the most obvious way to prevent a child from being injured in a car crash is to use safety and booster seats. Florida passed a car seat law in 2015. The problem, however, is that many parents aren’t using the right types of car seats or are using them incorrectly. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles list several guidelines to help parents choose the right one and to use it properly:
- Florida law requires children age 5 and under to be secured properly in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.
- Children ages 0 to 3 must be in child restraint devices of a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated children’s seat.
- Youngsters age 4 and 5 must be in a separate portable, integrated safety seat or booster seat.
- The best one is one that fits your child, fits your car and that drivers will use correctly every time.
- Read the instruction manual and the portion of your vehicle’s owner manual when you install a car seat.
- Remember to check for children’s and booster seat recalls.
When you need reassurance, contact your local Florida Highway Patrol station. A certified Trooper will check to make sure you have taken proper measures to help prevent a car accident injury.
Florida Personal Injury Lawyers and Children’s Injuries
Not using the right type of seat or using one the wrong way can lead to serious injuries.
The most common car accident injuries for children, the ones that personal injury lawyers are likely to deal with are:
- Head injuries – Concussions, contusions, lacerations and skull fractures.
- Chest injuries – Broken ribs, lung injuries.
- Abdominal injuries – Damage to the liver, spleen, kidney, etc.
- Extremities – Broken, fractured bones in arms and legs
A personal injury lawyer can be essential to ensuring the future medical needs of a child hurt in a car accident. When you have questions about your legal rights after an accident, consider the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi. We have been helping Florida negligence victims recover losses for more than 30 years. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation at one of our convenient Central Florida office locations.