Child seat safety clinics are to be run by the Bath and North East Somerset Council following the success of the initiative in previous years. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of having child car seats fitted correctly and parents can come and have their child safety seat inspected by an expert if they attend one of the clinics. Councillor Caroline Roberts, Cabinet Member for transport has stated that children can suffer fatal injuries in a car collision at less than 5mph if the seat is not properly installed or if the wrong type of seat is chosen. The Council has created the Good Egg In-car Child Safety campaign to highlight this issue to parents who have a responsibility to ensure that they have secured their child safely in their vehicle. Around 52% of those attending the clinic in previous years were found to have incorrectly fitted child seats or had chosen the wrong type of seat for the vehicle travelled in. Although many parents may think they have their child safety seat fitted correctly, a spokesperson for Road Safety GB has stated that it is worthwhile to have them checked by an expert for free at one of the clinics.
Child seat safety and other precautions
Child car safety is highly important as the risk of serious injury is much higher if they are not seated correctly. Always ensure that the safety seat is fitted correctly and will hold them firmly in place in the event of an accident or sudden stop. Additionally, ensure that the seat is the correct size for your child, even if the recommended age range says different. Seatbelts must be secured and adjusted according to your child’s size so checking this once in a while is recommended. Also, driving safely and cautiously at all times can prevent an accident. There may be drivers who pay no attention to the roads and may inadvertently cause an accident. If you or your child were injured on the road because of another road user, you may be entitled to compensation.
How to make a compensation claim
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in accidents and injuries that are the fault of someone else. Although we understand no amount of money can stop you or your child’s suffering, we may be able to win you some compensation which will allow you to obtain some justice for the accident. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline to obtain some no-obligation advice from our team of solicitors.
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown