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Child Safety Seats

The Importance of Child Safety Seats

North Carolina Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Car Seat Safety

Child safety seatsThe National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that auto accidents are the number one killer of children under 5 years old. Therefore, the type of safety seat parents select for their child is incredibly important. Still, many parents do not consider the recommendations of the car seat manufacturers when choosing a child safety seat. This can put a child in great danger in the event of a car accident. Nevertheless, if your child was injured in a car crash because of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation because of the injuries and pain and suffering they endured as a result.

The legal team at Riddle & Brantley believes that children deserve to be protected from the careless actions of negligent adults and we will always fight for fair compensation for our clients in these instances. Our attorneys have over 160 years of combined experience with car accident cases, and a record of successful verdicts and settlements. Contact a North Carolina auto accident lawyer from our firm today to find out how we can put our experience to work for you. We offer case evaluations that are always free, no obligation and completely confidential.

Types of Child Safety Restraints

Understanding the proper terminology will help you discern which type of safety seat is the most appropriate for your child. Your choice will depend on your child’s age, weight and height, as well as the type of car you drive.

The following terminology explains the types of child safety restraints:

  • Rear-facing car seat. This is always the best type of seat for an infant or small child. It provides the maximum amount of restraint and protection in case of an accident.
  • Forward-facing car seat. After your child outgrows a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat is the best option. It offers a harness to limit forward movement.
  • Booster seat. This type of seat allows a child to use a regular seatbelt. It provides a boost to the child’s height when they are not big enough to wear a seatbelt alone. The booster seat ensures that the seatbelt will fit across the chest and hips of the child properly.
  • Seatbelt. Seatbelts are required by law for adults and children age 12 and older. A seatbelt should never rest on the stomach or face of a small child. However, once your child is tall enough that the seatbelt fits across his or her hips and chest, you can stop using a booster seat.

What is theBest Child Safety Seat for My Family?

A child’s height, weight and age determine the type of safety seat they need. The NHTSA recommends the following guidelines when selecting a child safety seat:

Proper Installation of Child Safety Seats

Always read all instruction manuals and follow the directions closely when installing a child safety seat. Each type of seat requires a different orientation and system of installation, and the details may vary by manufacturer.

  • Use the tether system if possible.
  • Ensure that your car has a compatible anchoring system for the seat.
  • Make sure the forward-facing seat is flat against the back and bottom of the car’s seat.
  • If the seat moves, make sure you secure it with a locking clip.
  • Check to ensure that the seat resists side-to-side motion.

Reducing the amount of movement within the vehicle is always the goal of any child safety restraint, so check each point thoroughly before letting your child ride.

Car Crash Cause Child Injuries? Contact a North Carolina Auto Accident Lawyer

At Riddle & Brantley, our car accident attorneys care for our clients. We know how devastating auto accidents can be, especially when a child is injured or killed in the process. We believe that you deserve justice for injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence.

Our attorneys are proud to fight for justice on behalf of North Carolina drivers and passengers who are injured by negligent drivers. Our law firm has offices throughout the state to serve clients in and around Goldsboro, Raleigh, Jacksonville and Kinston. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (800) 525-7111 to discuss the details of your situation and establish whether you have a case. Otherwise, fill out an online case review form so we can schedule your free consultation with a North Carolina auto accident lawyer.