If you are the proud parent of a new baby or expecting your first child, you may be wondering where the car seat should go so that you reduce the chances of them sustaining an injury in the event you are involved in an accident. Although we never like to think that this could happen, thousands of cars are involved in wrecks each day, so it is better to be safe than sorry and take all the precautionary measures we can so that our little ones are as safe as they can be.
While most assume that the car seat should go in the back of the vehicle on either the drivers or passengers’ side, the truth is, while the car seat does belong in the back, it should be placed in the middle of the seat. Why? According to the Mayo Clinic, this is the safest place to put your child’s car seat as it is away from the airbags as well as the doors. You see, if you were to engage in a wreck and the airbags deployed with your child sitting in the front seat, “it could hit the back of [their] rear-facing car seat–right where your child’s head is–and cause a serious or fatal injury.” Placing them next to the doors, unless the manufacturer specifically states to do so, could also put them at risk of getting hurt in the event a car crashes into the side they are sitting on.
Now, if you have a vehicle such as a pickup that only has one row of seats, the Mayo Clinic suggests that you may want to “deactivate the front airbags or install a power switch to prevent airbag deployment during a crash.”
Is the middle of the back seat the safest place for an older kid to sit in?
Aside from keeping small babies and toddlers safe while riding in the car, you also want to be sure that you are taking precautionary measures, even when your kids get older and grow out of their car seat or booster seat. This means they should still be sitting in the back seat as the front seats are considered to be the most dangerous. Safe Ride 4 Kids says that “front impact crashes are the most common type of car crash” so, in order to help reduce the chances of your child sustaining an injury in the event of a crash, it is best to keep them in the back seat.
Now, it is also a good idea to keep your older child sitting in the middle of the back seat, just as you would do with an infant or toddler to keep them away from the airbags in the front as well as the side doors that that would take the brunt of the impact if they were to get hit in an accident.
While we cannot prevent all car wrecks from occurring, we can take preventative measures that can reduce the chance of injury and death.
If you are the unfortunate victim of a car crash that was caused by a negligent individual in or nearby to Alexandria, LA, it is always a good idea to speak with a LA car accident lawyer who can help provide some insight into what your accident might be worth. While your insurer can provide you with an estimate as to what they will pay for the damage, they probably aren’t going to take into account the psychological injuries you suffered.
Therefore, to be sure you are fairly compensated for all the damage the accident has caused, visit or call the Jones Law Firm today to speak with Davey Jones who is a qualified and compassionate accident lawyer in Alexandria, LA who wants to help you.
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