Proper child restraint usage can save a child’s live in the event of a North Carolina car accident

A Sunday afternoon accident on I-77 has claimed the lives of a young Ravenswood mother, her three-month-old daughter and two-year-old son, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports.

As our North Carolina car accident lawyers mentioned in an earlier posting to our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers blog, a child properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat is 80 percent more likely to survive a North Carolina car accident.
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To help educate parents and caregivers about proper child restraint usage, the NHTSA outlines the four stages of child restraints as follows:

~ REAR-FACING (infant passengers) car seat: Properly secured in the back seat, a rear-facing car seat should be used when transporting children under 20 pounds and, at minimum, until the child reaches their first birthday. In the event of a front-end or head-on car accident, it is the back of the car seat (and not the buckled chest-area of the child) that will absorb the force of impact when a car seat is rear-facing.

~ FORWARD-FACING (toddler passengers) car seat: Again, any child under 40 pounds and younger than age four should always travel in the back seat for maximum protection. Forward-facing car seats properly secured in the back seat are appropriate for children ages 1 to 4 who weigh 20 to 40 pounds.

~ BOOSTER SEATS (“tween” passengers): Booster seats can have back and head support, or just the seat portion and should be properly secured in the back seat. Booster seats accommodate children ages 4 to 8, or until the child is at least 4’9″ tall.

~ SEAT BELTS: Until child has reached the size (at least 4′ 9″ tall) where they can properly wear a lap belt – when the lap belt rests on their upper thighs and the shoulder strap rests across their chest – they should use a booster and ride in the back seat. Transitioning to singular seat belt use is generally appropriate for children older than age 8. State laws determine when it is permissible for a child to begin riding in the front seat of a vehicle.

The North Carolina car accident attorneys with Lee & Smith know that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to a fatal car crash, can be among the most trying times in your life. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident from Burlington to Lenoir to Salisbury or any point statewide you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.

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