More Than 1/3 of Children Killed in Crashes Were Not Restrained

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a third of children under the age of 13 who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2011 were not in a car seat or wearing a seat belt.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children. In 2011, almost two children under 13 were killed and 338 were injured every day in a motor vehicle accident. One of those children were not restrained, with the most incidents occurring in SUVs.

These tragedies are 100% preventable. Follow these basic safety tips:

  • Is your child in the proper seat for his or her age and size? Determine if your child should be in a booster seat or car seat.
  • Read all instructions before installing any car seat device. Many child fatalities are related to the improper installation of car seats and booster seats.
  • Have your car seat inspected by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
  • Keep up with all car seat and other safety product recalls so you know if your child’s car seat or booster seat has been recalled.
  • Always wear your own seat belt to set a good example. Unbuckled drivers are more likely to have unbuckled children.

Help prevent these horrific tragedies from happening to your family. Never drive with an unrestrained passenger. Learn more on the NHTSA website.

If you or a your child has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact us immediately for help.