You might not know this but Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. What you may also not be aware of is that during that weekend, roads get crowded with the countless drivers flocking to it, making it one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Since during the month of September we observe Baby Safety Month, it’s important to discuss some very serious risks that infants and toddlers experience while in the car and how to better address them. Unfortunately, many parents aren’t aware of these risks. Others aren’t aware of how to mitigate them.
In order to help our readers and clients who are also parents, here’s a list of tips you should follow to make sure your child is safe during the upcoming Labor Day weekend road trips or during any other time of the year.
1-Car Seats Are Obligatory, To Avoid Injuries And Legal Troubles
Most states across the country have laws imposing car seat requirements. But just following the laws alone isn’t enough. Parents and caregivers must know that car seats will save the lives of your children in the event of an accident. Children must be on rear-facing car seats until they are 2 and they should never ride in a front passenger seat unless you’re driving a single cab truck. In that case, the air bag covering the front passenger seat must be disarmed so the deployment of the device won’t hurt the child in the event of an accident.
2-Get Your Car Seat And Installation Checked At A Police Or Fire Station
You will be shocked by this but most parents do not know how to safely install a car safety seat. This matters because if the seat is not installed correctly, the seat may not stay put in a crash and the child will suffer the ultimate consequences.
Having your seat inspected at a police or fire station by a technician will guarantee that the seat is safely installed.
3-Secure Your Child Correctly To Avoid Injuries
Infants and toddlers should not be placed in a car seat while wearing thick clothes. Parents must understand that if the child is wearing bulky coats or jackets and the straps become lose as a result, the child may slip in the event of a crash and be ejected.
Also look for car seat events near your or contact a technician at a fire or police station to learn more.
4-Don’t Keep Your Baby In A Car Seat For Long
Letting you child remain in the car seat after the ride can be bad for your child’s health as his head may tip forward and restrict his airway. Have a rocker or a stroller to use once the ride is over and fight the urge to just carry the car seat with you without removing the baby from it.
5-Don’t Lock Your Child Alone In Your Car
The hot car death problem is serious and it has been claiming too many lives. In order to avoid forgetting your child is sleeping in the back seat, place a purse or your phone or even a briefcase in the back so you’re forced to check the seat before leaving the car.
If you’re going to run some errands and your child is tagging along, do not leave your child unattended even if it’s just for a few minutes as a car may get very hot inside in no time and small children cannot regulate their body temperatures like adults can.
As personal injury attorneys we are more than aware of how many children are injured in accidents regularly because of unsafe car seats or because parents are overworked and sleep-deprived. If you take some precautions, you can make sure your child is never going to be hurt, you just have to be aware of the risks and act accordingly.
If you or your child is ever injured in a car accident caused by a negligent third party, contact us so we can evaluate your case. If you become our client you won’t owe us a dime unless we can obtain you the compensation you deserve.