Parents face many challenges in raising a child in North Texas, but few situations weigh on a mom’s or dad’s mind as much as how to keep their children safe.
But, the truth of the matter is that we cannot always keep them safe, especially on the highways and roadways we share with so many other drivers.
Too often, tragedy strikes.
It did recently in Fort Worth when a six-year-old child and 11-month-old baby were killed in a crash.
A pickup hydroplaned and pushed the car they were riding in into a guardrail on East Loop 820 near Craig Street.
Another young girl was in the car and taken to the hospital in serious condition. More details about the crash available from the Dallas Morning News here.
Crashes kill children
The most common cause of death in children under the age of 15 years is an unintentional injury.
And the most common cause of the injury? A car crash.
The good news is that the rate of motor vehicle crash deaths per million children younger than 13 has decreased by a huge 76% overall since 1975. And there is already a device on the market that can save even more lives
Of the children who were killed between 2010 and 2014, 43 percent were unrestrained or improperly restrained. Additionally, 15 percent were in the front seat instead of the back and 13 percent were riding in cars driven by somebody under the influence of alcohol.
It is unknown in the Fort Worth crash if the children were properly fastened or if drugs or alcohol was involved.
Keep your children safe
Parents can follow these steps to reduce the chances of a fatality in a car crash. Parents Magazine suggests:
- Keep kids in the backseat – It’s the safest place in the vehicle. In fact, airbags have made the front seat more dangerous for young children, who can be hurt when the airbag deploys.
- Follow the guidelines for car seats – Infants under 20 pounds before the age of one should be in rear-facing car seats. Children older than one and more than 20 pounds can be in forward facing cars. When in doubt, delay moving to forward facing.
- Check the belts and safety harnesses – Make sure the car seat is installed properly. With so many different brands and types, this can be a challenge. The Hurst, Euless and Bedford Police Departments all offer car seat check programs.
- Keep it snug – The straps work best when they are tight against your child’s shoulders so that you can only fit one finger underneath. The chest clip shouldn’t be lower than armpit level.
- Boosters seats for older kids – If they weigh more than 40 pounds, use a booster seat, which includes a belt-positioning device to properly adjust the seat belt.
Cars and trucks are becoming safer as technology improves, but we must use the safety devices, such as seat belts, to protect our children.
Our condolences if your child was hurt or killed in a car crash. If we can help you with deal with your medical bills or to ensure the responsible party accepts responsibility, please give us a call at 817-503-9200.
At Parker Law Firm, our experienced personal injury lawyers believe people matter. We are committed to our Hurst, Euless, and Bedford clients, not case numbers, and we believe in the power of the civil justice system. With years spent both representing accident victims and participating in the state legislative process, our founder, Brad Parker, has developed a deep understanding of the law and gained unique experience that helps him get results for his clients.