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Car Safety for Kids On and Off the Road

Combating the Dangers of Cars

Accidents aren’t the only danger cars pose to kids. Kids can also be hurt in and around cars whether on the road or off. Car safety for kids involves securing them properly in the car and never leaving them unattended when around cars. You can accomplish both by keeping the following safety tips in mind.

Practice Driveway Safety

Never leave kids around cars unattended, and check all sides of your vehicle before backing out of the driveway. If you don’t have a rear-facing backup camera, do a quick walk around before getting in, and roll your windows down to listen for extra precaution.

Use Car and Booster Seats Properly

New research is providing us with crucial information about keeping kids safe while driving. Car seats and booster seats can significantly decrease the risk of injury if you use them properly. Make sure your children have the right seat for their size and age, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Always Wear Seat Belts

Kids eight and over should be restrained by seat belts at all times. It isn’t just safe, it’s required under the Illinois seat belt law. Children younger than eight must be put in a proper child restraint system.

Avoid Heatstroke

Children can suffer heatstroke in a short amount of time if left in a car, so never leave them unattended. Parents forgetting their children are in the car cause many cases of heatstroke. These accidents can happen when kiddos are quiet or parents have a lot on their mind. Establish a safety check system like putting a teddy bear in the front seat whenever your child is with you to remind you of your precious cargo.

Mind Crash Test Ratings

Many cars advertise good crash test ratings. But how do you know what is the best? A while back, we wrote a handy blog about what crash test ratings mean to help you make informed decisions about the car you trust your family in. Keep these ratings in mind when in the market for a family car.

Cars can make the daily tasks of parenting easier, but they can also pose multiple threats to children both on and off the road. Make sure you keep these car safety tips in mind when allowing your children around cars to keep them safe and sound.

Accidents are a leading cause of death for children under 13. If you or your child has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, seek legal advice from an Illinois auto accident attorney. An attorney can help you file a claim to get the compensation you deserve.

If your child has recently been injured, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

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