Child Injuries in Margate and Elsewhere: Focus of New NHTSA Campaign

April 24, 2012 by Dean H. Freeman

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that it would be launching a number of public service programs to help get parents, childcare providers, babysitters, daycare centers and other up to date with the proper techniques of choosing the right car seat for their child and how to properly use and install it in the vehicle.

Knowing how to properly execute these few simple tasks can help to save your kid's life in the event of an auto accident. The new campaign was released in partnership with the Ad Council and it is targeting parents and guardians with children under the age of 13-years-old.
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According to Ray LaHood, the USDOT Transportation Secretary, recent statistics conclude that there were nearly 9,000 young lives saved between 1975 and 2008 because of properly chosen, installed and used child car safety seats. That number of lives saved could have been much higher if more parents, guardians and childcare providers would have properly buckled in children during every car ride. These young ones have virtually no control over their fate in the event of a car accident in Margate and elsewhere. Their safety relies on the adults in the vehicle.

Our Margate car accident attorneys understand that parents, babysitters, guardians, caregivers and other adults who watch over children have the responsibility of properly buckling in children during every car ride. These young passengers rely on you to keep them safe on our roadways. Unfortunately, car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for children across the nation under the age of 14. With the new campaign, the NHTSA is hoping to change that.

The new public service announcements were released alongside the NHTSA's new website, "Parents Central," which is a one-stop-shop website with all that a parent and caregiver needs to know when traveling with a small child. This website provides information on a plethora of child car seats, safety tips that all adults should know when it comes to properly restraining a child and specific instructions on how to properly buckle in a child.

"Together, the new public service announcement and website will help parents understand the differences in child safety seats, make sure they choose the right seat for their child, and properly secure them every time they get behind the wheel," said LaHood.

The goal of these resources is to remind parents to "make sure their child is in the right car seat."

The PSA will be released in Spanish later in May.

From 2006 to 2010, there were more than 4,000 kids under the age of 12-years-old who were killed in motor vehicle accidents. There were another 650,000 kids injured in these accidents, accidents that they had no control over. Imagine it this way, that's more injuries than there are people in Boston.

The Margate child injury lawyers at Freeman & Mallard have been successfully and aggressively representing accident victims and their families in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Margate, and Ft. Pierce and elsewhere for years. Call us today to set up a no-obligation appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-561-7777.

More Blog Entries:

Chuggington and the NHTSA Team up to Help Prevent Child Injury in Vero Beach and Elsewhere, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, October 8, 2011