Today I want to share some important statistics and other information regarding children and car accidents.
The first thing I want to say is please be sure that you’re buckling your children up and using the proper size car seat for your child. 40% of all fatalities of children in car accidents happen because the child was not in the correct car seat or was not restrained at all. So … 40% of children could have had their life saved had the parents made sure they were properly buckled up in the right size car seat.
All car seats have recommendations – they tell you which height and weight the seat is good for, how old kids can be before they start using a rear-facing seat vs. one that’s facing the front vs. a booster seat and even vs. sitting in the front of the car. I know all cars have a disclaimer saying the backseat is the safest place for children.
There’s a definite misconception about children not being injured as badly as adults when involved in a car accident. But children can have the same type of injuries as adults, and a lot of them can be long lasting.
We’ve treated many children in our office who’ve been involved in car accidents. Some end up with permanent injury, and that’s not good. We want to try to mitigate that as much as possible by treating as early as possible – as soon as the accident occurs.
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