Q: Do Child Safety Seats Make a Big Difference in Helping Prevent Kids' Injuries from Auto Accidents?
Yes, definitely. In fact, that's part of the reason that a new law was enacted in Georgia on January 1, 2012, to require that more children be restrained in booster seats than the previous law required.
The law was passed to decrease the number of accident injuries affecting school age children. Over the past five years, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has been tracking what happens to six and seven-year-old children who are involved in Georgia car accidents. According to Children's Healthcare, 95% of children who are injured were not properly restrained in the car at the time of the crash.*
Thus, Georgia drivers are now required to have almost all children in booster seats until their eighth birthdays. Exceptions are made for children who weigh more than 40 pounds or who are more than four feet nine inches tall.
Unfortunately, not all accident injuries are preventable - not even with booster seats. If your child has been hurt in a vehicle wreck, please contact an experienced Atlanta accident attorney at 1.770.518.1133 to discuss your child's potential recovery.
The experienced Marietta car accident lawyers of The Dover Law Firm encourage you to learn more about proper restraints for children of all ages in our free report: Our Most Precious Cargo Special Report on Georgia Child Safety Seat Laws.
*Source: Law Puts More Kids in Booster Seats by Jeanne Bonner, GPB News, May 9, 2011