Child Passenger Safety Week 2019

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Based in Gwinnett County, he handles serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Call him for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.

This week (September 15-21, 2019) is NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Week. This week is important because car wrecks are a leading cause of child fatalities, and the statistics show that around 59% of all car seats are installed incorrectly. If you simply Google the issue, some statistics will put that number over 90%.

Why is proper car seat installation and use important? According to NHTSA, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. In the most recent year NHTSA statistics are available, 325 lives of children under the age of five were saved by car seats, but an additional 46 lives would have been saved if those children under the age of five had been properly buckled.

If you have children who use car seats of any type, there are usually resources in your community where you can have a professional check to ensure your car seats are properly installed and your children are being buckled properly.

NHTSA has a tool where you can enter your zip code and locate agencies in your area (typically law enforcement agencies, fire departments, health departments, etc.) that will allow you to schedule an appointment to have your car seats checked for free. The site is: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#installation-help-inspection . Please take advantage of this service in your community.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident or any other type of case and would like to speak with an attorney about whether the other party may be responsible for damages contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.

The information above is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.

Preventing Car Accident Injury to Children: Winter Coat Use with Car Seats

With the return of cold, windy weather to Lawrenceville, Georgia, today this blog post by Gwinnett County personal injury and wrongful death attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, details a safety issue involving potential dangers to children who are buckled into car seats while wearing winter coats. Please read below to protect your children from injury in the event of a car accident.

Wearing a winter coat in a car seat may pose an injury risk to a child in the event of a car accident

If you have a child who is in the age range for car seat use, you may routinely buckle your little one into her car seat when it is cold outside AFTER making sure she is bundled up in her winter coat. For many parents this is the norm as you want to keep your child warm. However, this can actually be a danger to a child in the event of a car accident.

Consumer Reports details the dangers of car seat use for children wearing winter coats and safety measures to prevent injury. As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn under a car seat harness. You can always have your child use a blanket or wear his coat in reverse after he is buckled into his car seat such that the coat is outside of the harness.

To see the danger to children posed by the wearing of a winter coat while harnessed in a car seat, you can view this video clip from a story which aired on NBC's Today Show.

Basically, there can be a big risk that the car seat harness is too loose because of the puffiness or bulk of a winter coat. In a car accident a child may not remain restrained and it can result in serious injury. 

When buckling your child into her car seat when the weather is cold, please remember that it may be safer to remove her coat before buckling her in. This little step with a few moments of inconvenience to you as a parent may pay off immeasurably if it protects your most precious cargo in the event of a car wreck. 

If your child has been injured in a car accident in Georgia, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury and wrongful death lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.