Children at Risk of Severe Injuries in Charlotte Car Accidents

We have previously reported on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog about the importance of child safety car seats and the effect they have in reducing the severity of injuries caused by a Charlotte car accident.

Our Greensboro car accident lawyers want to reiterate the importance of child safety after hearing about the recent car crash that could have taken the lives of 3 young children.

ABC News reports that three children ages 2, 3 and 4 years-old were not strapped into a car seat prior to a crash recently. The crash occurred at the intersection of WT Harris Boulevard and North Tryon Street.

A Mercedes pulled out in front of the car carrying the three children. The mother swerved to avoid hitting the Mercedes and rolled off the side of the road. Police pulled the three young children who were only wearing a seat belt out of the crashed vehicle. Police cited the mother of the three children for driving with a revoked license and driving with children not placed in car seats.

North Carolina law requires that children ages 7 or under and 80 pounds or less be placed in a child safety seat according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Children may be placed in a seat belt that fits properly at age 8 or at 80 pounds, whichever comes first.

Buckle up NC indicates that children 15 and under sitting in the front or back seat are covered under the NC Child Passenger Safety Law. NC Seat Belt Law covers anyone ages 16 or older that is either driving or a passenger in the car.

For parents who are new at traveling with an infant or small child in the car, offers answers to these frequently asked questions:

  • Why is in important to place my child in a restraint while riding in the car?
  • What car seat is considered the safest?
  • When can children be placed in a regular seatbelt with no booster seat?
  • What car seats are compatible with my vehicle?
  • Is a child safe in a built-in car seat?
  • What features are important on a car safety seat?
  • Where do I take my car seat to have it inspected for federal regulations?
  • How do I know if my car seat has been recalled?
  • Can a car seat be used after a car crash?
  • How long can a car seat be used or is it important to buy a brand new seat?
  • Can I install the car seat near an airbag?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers recommendations on how to buy a car seat, what the guidelines and requirements are, information about the latest child safety car seat recalls, and where you can find a safety seat inspection location near you.

If your child has been injured in a car-related accident in North Carolina or by a recalled defective product or car seat, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free no-obligation appointment. Call 1-800-887-1965 to discuss your claim today.

More Blog Entries:

Infant Product Recalls can Lead to North Carolina Injury, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, February 14, 2011

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