As personal injury attorneys practicing throughout Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, we continually tell our clients to always place their kids in proper safety seats. Now, the National Highway Safety Administration released statistics which prove that such safety and booster seats are the reason more kids survived car accidents last year.
While the number of such wrongful deaths was only three percent lower than in the prior year, even one life saved is great news. The number of children injured and killed in car accidents is staggering. According to the NHTSA, more than 179,000 kids suffered personal injuries last year. The number of such injuries is reduced due to 96 percent of children younger than three using safety seats.
Unfortunately, only forty-one percent of kids between the ages of four and seven use appropriate booster seats. Parents are encouraged to move their children from front facing seats to booster seats until the kids grow to at least 4 feet 9 inches. Thankfully all states have various laws which required parents to use such car and booster seats.
We appreciate the words of David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator, who stated “…[parents need] to make sure their kids are properly protected on every trip, every time,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.