Car Safety Reminders for Parents and Caregivers
Your child’s safety is always your top priority, even when 2020 has forced many parents and caregivers to carry additional responsibilities. To help you during this difficult time, we have put together some of our top car safety reminders for parents and caregivers. This includes car seat safety tips and tips for teen drivers.
We hope these safety tips help keep you and your loved ones safe. If you or a loved one are a victim in a Las Vegas car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Award-winning personal injury law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers has over 25 years of experience. This level of experience is exactly what you need when facing insurance companies who are not motivated to pay you the compensation you deserve. We aggressively fight for you so you can receive just compensation for injuries sustained in a Las Vegas area car accident. Keep in mind that we know how to navigate the system and can not only help you receive maximum compensation, but save you time and needless stress as we fight for your rights as an accident victim. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Car Seat Safety Reminder
In the United States, car accidents are a leading cause of death among children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the following for 2018:
- Six hundred thirty-six children (636) 12-years-old and younger died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Thirty-three (33) percent of those children were not buckled up.
- More than 97,000 children 12-years-old and younger were injured.
Parents and caregivers can save a life by ensuring children are properly restrained. For many children, this includes a car seat. Under Nevada law, all children under age six who weigh less than 60 pounds must be secured in a child restraint system.
Tips for Car Seat Safety
A car seat can be one of your most important safety purchases. Use the following tips to help keep your child safe in your car:
- Select a child seat based on your child’s age and size. For additional tips see our article on Car Seat Safety.
- Choose a child seat that fits in your vehicle. Not all car seats fit in all vehicles.
- Use the child seat every time.
- Read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system.
- Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible. As long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.
We hope these car seat safety tips help protect your family. If your child has been the victim in a Nevada accident involving a potentially faulty car seat, you’ll want to contact Anthem Injury Lawyers. With over 25 years of experience, we proudly serve Las Vegas and vicinity. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Hot Car Safety Reminders for Parents
Since 1998, 873 children have died due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke. Las Vegas is one of the hottest cities in the United States. This means that Las Vegas children are at risk for pediatric vehicular heatstroke year round. Last month, Las Vegas residents were reminded of the deadly nature of hot cars. It was reported that on October 5 a one-year-old girl died from heatstroke and exposure to high temperatures in Las Vegas. This occurred after she was accidentally locked in a hot car. Pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths are tragic and preventable. Below are tips to prevent leaving children in vehicles to avoid pediatric vehicular heatstroke.
Tips to Prevent Leaving Children in Vehicles
Most pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths are accidents. This means that parents and caregivers play an essential role in prevention. It is often a stressed and distracted caregiver that forgets a child in the back seat. This is especially common when there is a change in routine. COVID-19 is disrupting lives and routines. Avoid a tragedy during this difficult time and review the below safety reminders from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Always check the back seat before exiting the car.
- Make sure all children are out of the car before locking it and walking away.
- Be extra alert when there is a change in your routine. Changes can include a different route to work or childcare.
- Have your childcare provider call if your child is more than 10 minutes late.
- Put your cell phone, bag, briefcase, or purse in the back seat. This ensures you check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
- Follow-up if someone else is driving your child. Check to make sure the child has arrived safely.
COVID-19 Safety Reminder
COVID-19 is not a reason to leave your child unattended in a vehicle. As a parent concerned about COVID-19, you may be tempted to leave your child in the car to go into stores. This is unsafe. If your child is seven-years-old or younger, it is also illegal. Never leave your child unattended in your vehicle. For additional information, see our article on Child Car Safety in Extreme Heat.
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe. If you are injured in an accident that is not your fault, contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. We do not charge for initial consultations and will travel to you at home or in the hospital if necessary. Your job is to recover from your injuries. Our job is to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Remember: insurance companies’ motivation is to pay as little as possible to you, the accident victim. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers fight for your rights. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Teen Driver Safety Reminder
Teens may have additional unsupervised time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your teen is a driver, now is a great time to discuss safe driving practices with them. Below are some of our safety tips for your teen driver. For additional tips see our article on Teen Driver Safety. Parents and caregivers play a major role in teen driver safety. Discuss your expectations with your teen. Encourage them to practice safe driving and do the following:
- Get permission. Drive only with permission to use the car.
- Obey the rules of the road. This includes following the speed limit.
- Always wear a seatbelt. Teen drivers should make sure all passengers are belted as well.
- Avoid distracted driving. Never text, talk on the phone, or eat/drink while driving.
- Stay alert. Only drive when alert and in emotional control.
- Drive sober. Do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Ride safely. Do not ride with an impaired or dangerous driver. If a teen is concerned about their driver’s safety, they should call a trusted adult for a ride home.
We hope these reminders help you and your teens stay safe on the road. We understand that even the most cautious driver can still be involved in an accident. If your teen is injured in a Las Vegas car accident through no fault of their own, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help them get maximum compensation for their injuries. Contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe on the roads. If another driver injures you, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Don’t go it alone against insurance companies; they do not have your best interests at heart. Our experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyers can fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation that is rightly due you. Benefit from our years of experience representing Las Vegas area clients in auto accidents. We only get paid when you win, so you can be confident about working with our experienced legal team.
Award-winning personal injury law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers based in Henderson, Nevada. With over 25 years of experience, Anthem Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.