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Chicago car accident attorney child safetyOn December 23, 2018, a car crash in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago resulted in the hospitalization of two children. The injured children, ages 3 and 10, were both rushed to Stroger Hospital. Fortunately, no one was fatally injured in the accident, but the crash did serve as a reminder of the risks that young children face when traveling in motor vehicles. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is important to contact a legal team to learn about your options for receiving compensation for your damages. 

Simple Steps to Protect Your Children From Injury 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transportation injuries are the most common cause of fatalities among children. While car crashes are often unavoidable, there are a few ways you can lower the chances of your children suffering severe injuries in a collision:

  • Buckle Them Up: Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that the lives of more than 14,000 Americans were saved in 2016 due to the use of seat belt restraint systems. Despite the overwhelming evidence that seat belts can be key to avoiding serious injuries, almost 10% of Americans neglect to wear their seat belts. Next time you drive with your children, make sure that they are properly buckled in. 
  • Properly Use Booster Seats: For parents of young children, booster seats are needed to help children avoid injuries. When placing your child in their booster seat, make sure that they are in the seat correctly and that the seat is properly restrained. It is also important to ensure that the booster seat is the correct size. If your child grows out of a booster seat, yet they are still not big enough for a vehicle’s standard seat belts, it is important to purchase a larger sized seat. If your child is too small for their seat, return it and get a new one. Utilizing a booster seat that does not fit your child can put them at risk of serious injury. 
  • Avoid Distractions: Any parent knows how easy it is to be distracted by your children. When driving, distractions can come with severe consequences. Distracted driving is responsible for approximately 25% of all car accidents nationwide. Next time you drive with your children, avoid taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, which could make the difference in avoiding a collision. 

Contact a Waukegan Car Accident Lawyer

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries suffered in car accidents. If you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is time to seek out legal assistance. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Lake County personal injury attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

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Libertyville auto accident lawyerWith the Fourth of July behind us and summer in full bloom, parents around the country are enjoying quality time with their children. But for those with young children, ensuring motor vehicle safety is a huge concern. Throughout the United States, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 600 American children under the age of 12 were fatally injured in automobile accidents throughout 2015. If you or a member of your family are injured in an auto accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for your damages. 

Ensuring Child Safety 

While every occupant faces inherent risk every time they ride in a motor vehicle, protecting children is a top priority for any parent. Listed below are some simple tips that could help you ensure that your child is safe in your vehicle: 

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,Whether you have children of your own, babysit regularly, or are simply watching a neighbor’s child for a few hours, if you are transporting a child in your personal vehicle, car accident and injury prevention efforts are more important than ever. One of many studies from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that more than 618,000 children - newborns to age 12 - rode in vehicles without the use of a car seat or safety restraint most of the time, over the course of a single year. In the year 2014 alone, another study revealed that over 600 children, all 12 years old or younger, died as occupants in motor vehicles, while more than 120,000 were injured due to the same factors. Any parent or caregiver driving a child around in their car should be aware of the following before getting behind the wheel: 1. The Illinois “Child Passenger Protection Act” sets the standard for safety and accountability. Illinois law states that any person driving a child under the age of 8 is responsible for ensuring the child is secured in the proper restraint system. This means using an appropriate booster seat, and using a proper seat belt for children over the age of 8 but under the age of 16. Educate yourself about the various age stages and the restraint requirements for each. For example, newborn babies and children up to 2 years old must be transported in rear-facing car seats, while children up to 5 years old must be in forward-facing car seats.

2. Car seat and booster seat placement is everything.

It is not enough to just provide a car or booster seat for the child passenger in your car. Seat placement is critical, as it significantly affects the child’s chances of being seriously hurt in the event of a crash. Never place a child in front of an airbag, as airbags cause child fatalities in the front seat, and whenever possible, place children in the middle of the backseat. The middle section of the backseat is the safest part of the vehicle. Also, as a general rule of thumb, all children aged 12 and under should be buckled into the backseat, not the front. If you are uncertain how to properly install or use a car or booster seat, refer to the owner’s manual or request help from a certified child passenger safety technician.

3. Booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent.

When it comes to protecting children between the ages of 4 and 8, booster seats are proven to reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent when compared with seat belt use alone. Boosters are designed to act as a transitional restraint system for kids who have outgrown car seats but are not yet big enough to properly wear a regular seat belt. No matter how young the child you are transporting, leading by example is key to establishing ongoing car accident and injury prevention habits. The earlier you introduce and enforce these habits behind the wheel, the better your chances of protecting the little one in your backseat now, and in the future.

If you and the child in your care have experienced an auto collision of any kind, be sure to contact a skilled Lake County car accident attorney right away, who can inform you of your of your rights in a court of law. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.

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