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Prevent child car accident deaths in New York

As a parent of a young child in New York, you want to protect your child against the chance that he or she will be injured or killed. Most parents will, therefore, strive to keep their children healthy with an excellent diet, make sure they go for regular checkups to the doctor and so forth.

However, did you know that the leading cause of death for children in the United States is car accidents?

How to keep your child safe when driving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that every person is taking a risk when he or she gets into a motor vehicle. The CDC further acknowledges that keeping children safe while they are riding in vehicles should be a priority of every U.S. parent.

Here's what the CDC recommends in terms of preventing your child or children from getting injured or killed in a vehicle accident:

  • Learn about and use the appropriate kind of car seat for your child depending on his or her height, weight and age. Also, make sure that you use and install the car seat in the right way.
  • No matter how short the distance you're driving, properly restrain your child with a seatbelt, car seat or booster seat.
  • Always put your child in the back seat, as it's the safest area of the car.
  • Don't put your children in a front seat that has an airbag.
  • For children 2 years old and under, always use a rear-facing car seat.
  • When children are aged 2 to 5, put them in a forward-facing car seat.
  • After the age of 5, use a booster seat until the normal seat belt can fit the child appropriately. The shoulder belt should go across the chest, and the lap belt should go across the upper thighs.
  • By wearing a seat belt yourself, you'll be a good role model for your child.

Accidents can happen no matter what we do

These safety measures are essential to keeping your child as safe as possible in the event of a car accident. However, injuries may result after car accidents, no matter how many safety precautions we take. When a child is injured -- due to no fault of his or her own -- a viable claim to pursue personal injury damages may exist.

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