September 14th marks the start of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Child Passenger Safety Week. This week is designed to provide needed information to parents and others who drive with children about the best ways to keep children safe while in a vehicle.
The NHTSA reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 13. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers in vehicles without children, meaning even the most cautious parent cannot always avoid collision. However, a properly installed car seat can save a child’s life, even in serious accidents. This makes it very important that parents work to ensure proper installation and use of car seats until children are large enough to be secured without one.
Fire and police stations across West Virginia will be offering free seat installations during Child Passenger Safety Week. If you are not certain that your child’s seat is secure, please take time to visit your local station for professional assistance – the life of your child could depend on it.
If your child has been injured in a car accident, please contact Hewitt & Salvatore, PLLC today. We maintain offices in Fayetteville and Beckley to better serve families living throughout the state of West Virginia.