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SAFE DRIVING INSIGHTS: WHY YOUR CHILD’S AGE SHOULD AFFECT THE CAR SEAT ARRANGEMENT

By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Car accidents are among the leading causes of death for children, and thousands of kids under the age of 13 sustain serious injuries each year. Many of these injuries are actually preventable and occur in minor accidents. No matter the severity of the collision, though, parents may still be able to keep children safe and even prevent death by following the manufacturer's guidelines for car seats.Even the best drivers cannot control the actions of other vehicles on the road. For this reason, if you are transporting children in your vehicle, it is crucial that you install the correct type of car seat according to the children's ages.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car crash that a negligent driver caused, call The Luke Dow Law Firm today. Mr. Dow has the knowledge and resources to guide you through the claims process. To schedule an appointment with a Austin accident lawyer, call our office at 512-518-4104.

In the meantime, here are the age guidelines to keep in mind when establishing the seating arrangement:

1. Car Seats for Infants

According to HealthyChildren.org, children who are younger than 2 years old must be in rear-facing seats. Children should stay in these seats until they reach 24 months old or until they outgrow the size specified in the manufacturer's guidelines.

2. Car Seats for Preschoolers

Children who are of preschool age can sit in convertible child seats or in forward-facing seats equipped with harnesses. These seats are appropriate for when the child outgrows the rear-facing seat, and HealthyChildren.org recommends using this form of seat for as long as possible.

3. Car Seats for School Children

When your child enters school, it may be appropriate to start using a booster seat. This is generally suitable until the child is large enough to sit in a regular seat with the belt fitting properly. Booster seats are typically necessary for children until they are approximately 5 feet tall.

4. Car Seats for Older Children

Once your child is big enough to sit in a regular car seat, it is important to make sure the belt fits adequately across the lap and shoulder, and that he or she uses the belt at all times. Parents should not allow children under the age of 13 to ride in the front seat, even if they are wearing a suitable seatbelt for protection.

One of the smartest ways to ensure that your child wears a seatbelt properly is to lead by example. Parents should wear seatbelts at all times-even when children are not in the car.

If you or your children were in a car crash and sustained serious injuries, call an Austin personal-injury lawyer from The Luke Dow Law Firm for advice. Mr. Dow can evaluate the circumstances surrounding the accident and provide guidance on how to proceed.

Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.

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