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.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP