Car Accident Child Injury
Failing to properly restrain your child while driving in Washington is against the law. Under The Anton Skeen Act, which became effective in June of 2007, the following apply to all drivers in the state: Read the rest »
Parents of child victims who have been injured in Seattle car accidents are often too emotionally distraught to consider all of their legal options. It is common for families to miss their opportunity to receive support for their considerable losses. Aside from seeking out medical attention for the injuries suffered in the crash, seeking the guidance of an experienced Seattle car accident attorney is one of the best ways to protect your child’s rights.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 171,000 children aged 14 or younger were injured in car accidents in the year 2011. An average of three children 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured in United States car accidents every day that year. Read the rest »
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has given 15 new booster seats its top rating for safety, according to a recent press release from the organization. The booster seats first appeared on the U.S. market in 2012.
The 15 newly-introduced booster seats join 32 other seats that are recommended by the IIHS for child passenger safety. Booster seats are designed for children who are too large for child safety seats, but not yet big enough for a seat belt to fit them properly when they are seated in a car. The booster seat lifts the child up so that both the lap and shoulder portions of the belt fit properly, providing the necessary protection from passenger injuries if the car is involved in an accident. Read the rest »
The Washington Department of Health collects data on injuries suffered by Washington residents each year, sorting information according to factors such as age, type of injury, location, and other variables. Recent reports indicate that, despite improvements in child seat safety and overall vehicle safety, car accidents still claim the lives of many Washington residents ages 17 and younger each year.
According to the Department of Health, a total of 170 children lost their lives to unintentional accidents of various kinds from 2005 to 2009. Older children ages 15 to 19 were most likely to lose their lives in car accidents; a total of 49 teens died in this way in recent years, compared to only 11 children ages 1 to 14. Read the rest »
A multi-vehicle pileup accident on Interstate 90 near Bellevue, Washington, left several people injured, one critically, according to a recent article in The Seattle Times.
The crash began when a tractor-trailer driver caught up to slow-moving I-90 traffic near 133rd Avenue Southeast. He hit the truck’s brakes, trying to avoid a crash. Instead, the truck skidded and then jackknifed, colliding with a logging truck. The impact damaged the logging truck’s rear axle, causing both the truck and some of the logs it was carrying to hit other vehicles as the drivers of both the semi and the logging truck struggled to get their vehicles under control. Read the rest »
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides safety guidelines for child car seats. Nearly all children from birth to age 12 need to ride in some kind of car seat in order to be restrained properly if an accident occurs. The following tips can help you choose the right car seat for your kids.
Starting at birth, infants should ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of the car. Never put a rear-facing car seat in front of an airbag, since the child can be severely injured if the airbag goes off. Use a rear-facing car seat as long as your child fits the seat’s height and weight requirements – usually, about one to three years. When a child has outgrown a rear-facing car seat, they may switch to a forward-facing seat, but should still ride in the back seat of the car. Read the rest »