When you have children, you want to know that in the event of a road traffic accident, you have ensured that their car seat is fitted to offer them the best possible protection against impact.
Road traffic accidents: The basics
Car collisions can cause harm to children and adults alike, but children are more vulnerable in the event of a crash.
- A child’s muscles, especially a baby’s, are not as developed as an adults. When a car accident occurs, the impact often causes a short, jerked movement in the body, which younger muscles cannot withstand. This is especially true of the neck muscles.
- Car seatbelts are designed with adults in mind. Without the appropriate car seat, children are not sufficiently protected in the case of a road traffic accident. It is also likely that the seat belt will cause harm to the child, such as neck wounds. Children are now required to use some sort of car seat until they reach 135cm or are 12 years of age.
- Too many adults do not recognise the importance of investing in a safe car seat. While many splash out on prams and cots, car seats are not seen as a glamorous baby accessory and often hit the bottom of the pile when it comes to the baby budget. Invest. Car seats last a number of years and spending an extra £50 on a safe car seat, equates to approximately £10 a year and maximises car safety for your child.
Safely fitting a car seat
While it is possible to fit a car seat yourself, following safety guidelines, it is best to seek advice from a trained car seat expert.
Mothercare offers a free car seat fitting service in which they check for buckle crunch and various other factors that can put your child at risk.
Once a suitable seat is decided on, the staff will show you how to fit the specific car seat that you have purchased. Every car seat fits and is secured differently, and so it is essential to seek that professional advice.
Injured in road-related accident?
If you or a member of your family have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Speak with Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. With over 15 years’ experience, the law firm will advise if your case is eligible for personal injury compensation and the best course of action for pursuing your claim.