Protect Your Children from a Pima County Traffic Accident
As a parent, you never want to think about the possibility that your children could be involved in a serious traffic accident. That’s why you buckle up your children every time they ride in your vehicle. However, there are some instances in which you may not be able to keep your children from being involved in a collision. That doesn’t mean that your children have to sustain serious injuries or fatal wounds, though, when they are involved in a crash. Some of the best ways you can protect your children from sustaining serious injuries in a collision include the following:
- Ensure that every time your child is in a vehicle that they are buckled up correctly. Just putting your child in a seatbelt may not be good enough. You’ll want to make sure that the seatbelt is safe, in compliance with safety standards, and the right size for your child.
- Use the right car seat or booster seat for your child. Car seats and booster seats are designed with the size of your child in mind. That means that your child will only safely fit in a specific size of car seat or booster seat and you must follow the safety instructions that come with each of these devices.
- Ensure that the car seat for your child, or the booster seat, is installed properly in your vehicle. Proper installation can be the difference between your child being safe at all times and sustaining serious injuries and wounds during the course of a collision.
- Teach your child traffic safety. Not every collision involving your child will happen with them inside a vehicle as a passenger. It is important to teach your children the basics of street safety so that they can avoid being injured in a collision as a pedestrian or as a cyclist. Many young children are involved in incidents with vehicles when they chase a ball into the street, attempt to cross a busy road, or ride their bicycles without visible gear and reflectors.
You want what is best for your child, and that means keeping your child safe from harm at all times. Knowing how to keep your child safe whether they are riding in a vehicle or if they are simply playing near the road will help you keep your peace of mind and ensure that your child does not sustain serious injuries.
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