One thing that greatly impacts a child’s overall safety is what happens to them out on the roads.

How safe a child is when a passenger of a car is affected by a variety of factors. One is how their parents act. So, taking steps to safeguard their children can be very important for a parent when they are driving their children places.

Among the things parents should be careful about when their child is in the vehicle they are driving are:

  • How they drive. Parents should avoiding engaging in unsafe practices, like distracted driving.
  • Their child’s car seat. When their child is of a size/age that a car seat is appropriate, a parent should make sure their child is always in the seat when they are in the car, that the seat used is appropriate for their child and that the seat is installed correctly.
  • Making sure their child is properly buckled in.
  • Where they have their child sit in the vehicle. Children under 12 generally should not sit in the front passenger seat.
  • Where they stow the various gear they have in their vehicle. When objects in a car are not properly secured, they could pose significant dangers to the vehicle’s child occupants in the event of heavy braking or an accident. This is because they could turn into harmful projectiles.

Now, a parent’s actions are not the only ones that can affect their child’s safety out on the roads. So too can the actions of other drivers. Additionally, how automakers and car seat manufacturers act regarding the safety of their products could have major impacts on how big of risks children are facing when they are passengers of a motor vehicle. When a parent believes that harms their child suffered out on the roads were caused by improper conduct by another party, skilled attorneys can help them look into the possibility of bringing an injury claim against that party.

Source: Consumer Reports, “Tips for Safe Driving With Kids,” Michelle Naranjo, Aug. 30, 2016