A study conducted by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute examined and evaluated the hardware for installing child safety seats into close to a hundred different models of automobile, including watching volunteers install the seats. The main purpose of the study was to determine how easy or hard it is to install child safety seats in different vehicles. The study found that most people installed the seats incorrectly, whether because installation was difficult or from lack of knowledge of how to do it correctly. A rather startling finding was that less than half of the volunteers used the top tether, and less than half of those who used it, used it correctly. The trouble with this is that not using the top tether, or using it incorrectly, could lead to head and neck injuries in the event of an accident.
While any injury to a child in a car accident is a frightening and terrible thing, head and neck injuries are particularly frightening, because the effects can be extremely serious, and may last a lifetime. From traumatic brain injury to whiplash, any injury involving the brain or the spine can negatively impact a person for life. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1300 children under the age of 14 were killed in traffic accidents in 2009, with nearly 180,000 injuries. One of the most important aspects in controlling those numbers is the correct use of child safety seats. A tip that the CDC gives, is to ensure that, as an adult, you use your seat belt every time you get in the car, so that your children see you practicing the good habit.
If your child has been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, speak with an experienced Denver car accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. Obviously, your child’s health and safety is the most important thing at this time, so be sure to get him or her the very best possible medical attention immediately, and be sure to do all appropriate follow-up. It is a sad fact, however, that in some cases insurance companies may try to avoid their responsibility, and it may become necessary to seek legal assistance. Andrew Bubb is a dedicated Denver car accident attorney who can ensure that your financial well-being is taken care of while you ensure that your child’s health is secure. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, call the Injury Law Offices of Andrew Bubb at (800)773-4492 today.