For parents, ensuring the safety and well-being of children is the utmost priority, especially when they are riding as passengers in a vehicle. Unfortunately, car accidents can happen unexpectedly, and they are among the top causes of childhood injury and fatalities.
At Flaxman Law Group, we work closely with families who have been affected by Florida car accident childhood injuries. If your child has been injured in a car accident, you can always contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to find out what Florida laws can help you protect your child’s future.
Child Passenger Safety Measures
Properly securing your child in an age-appropriate safety restraint system is crucial to ensuring their safety during car rides. It’s also the law in Florida. Here are some essential safety measures to consider:
- Rear-Facing Car Seats. Infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum weight or height specified by the car seat manufacturer. This position provides optimal protection for their neck and spine in the event of a collision.
- Forward-Facing Car Seats. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing seat, a forward-facing car seat with a harness should be used until they meet the height and weight requirements for a booster seat.
- Booster Seats. Children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seats should use booster seats until they can use a seat belt safely, usually around 4 feet 9 inches tall and about 8-12 years old.
- Seat Belt Use. Once your child meets the height and age requirements for using a seat belt without a booster seat, ensure they always wear it properly. The lap belt should lie snugly across their upper thighs, and the shoulder belt should cross their chest and shoulder.
Florida law mandates that children must be secured in a federally approved child restraint device suitable for their age and size. Once a child turns 8 years old or reaches 4 feet 9 inches in height, they may use a vehicle’s safety belt.
Seeking Legal Guidance After a Car Accident Involving Child Passengers
Despite taking all necessary precautions, accidents can still occur, leaving child passengers vulnerable to injuries. If your child is involved in a car accident, it is crucial to prioritize their well-being and seek prompt medical attention, even if there are no immediate signs of injury.
Since childhood injuries can be expensive to treat and can affect your child’s life for years to come, you may also want to consult with a Florida car accident lawyer to explore any options you may have for financial recovery. At Flaxman Law Group, we have more than 60 years of combined experience and we’re happy to offer a free, no obligation case consultation if you or your child are injured.
At Flaxman Law Group, we are dedicated to assisting families in navigating the aftermath of car accidents involving child passengers with empathy and expertise. Call Flaxman Law Group today at 866-352-9626. Or you can contact us online to arrange your free consultation. Our Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood law offices are proud to serve the entire South Florida area.