Car accidents are the number one killer of children in the U.S., and many of these tragic wrongful deaths are caused by improper use of car safety seats. A 1-month-old Toledo newborn suffered a wrongful death on Saturday, after a school bus struck her family’s minivan in south Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade. The baby was sitting on her grandmother’s lap during the car accident. Our Toledo, Ohio personal injury attorneys have seen cases involving unrestrained children, and we stress the importance of following the life-saving law of car seat use for kids.
A child who is properly restrained in the appropriate child seat increases their chance of surviving a car accident by 71%, according to seatcheck.org. Ohio law requires all kids under the age of four of under 40 pounds to be restrained in a car or booster seat while being transported in any motor vehicle. Make sure that these seats are properly installed, to ensure maximum safety in the event of a car accident. Safety seat inspections are available at the Toledo Hospital by appointment. To schedule, call 419-291-5993 or visit www.safekids.org, or check out the National Highway Taffic Safety Administration’s website for other locations in your area.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.