New Website to Help Reduce Risks of Child Injury in Car Accidents in North Carolina, Nation

Parents are strongly urged to visit the new “Car Seat Safety for Kids” website. This is a new, informational website that serves as a one-stop shop for all that parents need to know when traveling with a child. The new website was created to replace the “Keeping Kids Safe During Crashes” website.
The new website was created by researchers with the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It offers answers to all of your questions regarding child passenger safety (CPS) to help prevent child injury in the event of a car accident in North Carolina.

As we recently reported on our North Carolina Injury Lawyers Blog, a car accident critically injured a 7-year-old passenger. During the accident, both the driver and the child passenger were thrown from the SUV. The young passenger was sent to the hospital to be treated for severe injuries. The little one had to undergo surgery to repair her leg and also had to have both a feeding tube and a tracheotomy.

We would like to remind parents that car accidents are the top cause of death for those younger than 14. Parents should make sure their children are correctly buckled in during every car ride.

With the new website, “Car Seat Safety for Kids,” parents will be offered newly-updated videos with the most recent car seat recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

“CPS technicians loved the old videos but they were a little out of step with the 2011 recommendations,” says Gina Duchossois, Trauma Prevention Coordinator.

Even though there are car safety seat or child restrain laws in all 50 states, car accidents continue to be the No. 1 cause of death for these young residents. It’s unfortunate, because these types of accidents are often preventable.

According to AAP, there were nearly 600 children under the age of 5 who were killed while riding in a motor vehicle in 2000. About half of these children were unrestrained at the time of the accident. Many others were improperly restrained. It’s important for parents to know which car seat is most beneficial for their child. Please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s (NHTSA) website for a simple breakdown of all of these car seat stage suggestions.

You may also want to check out one of the child car seat inspection locations in North Carolina to make sure that your child’s seat is properly installed. Experts estimate that about 70 percent of all child seats are improperly used, putting children at extreme risks for injuries and death in the event of a car accident.

Contact the personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or your little one has been injured or killed in a car accident. Our law firm offers free consultations to accident victims in both North and South Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an injury attorney today.

More Blog Entries:

Bus Driver Cited After Accident in Currituck County, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 30, 2012

7-year-old Still in Critical Condition after Rollover Car Accident in Salisbury, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 24, 2012

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