Thousands of children suffer serious personal injuries or are even killed during road traffic accidents. This sometimes happens because they are inadequately restrained or because of the severity of the accident. You as a parent can make compensation in Fareham claims for an injury suffered to your child in an accident, while travelling in your car as a passenger, which was not your fault.
The mentality of many parents is that their children will be protected from a personal injury in case of a car accident if they are wearing a seatbelt. This is not the case because seatbelts are designed for people who are 5ft or taller. Seatbelts can cause serious injuries or crush your child’s internal organs when combined with the force of a collision during a road traffic accident.
If a child is unrestrained, their frail body is likely to be propelled forward with a force of up to 60 times their body weight, or thrown around inside the vehicle, inflicting injuries to him/herself and others and they could be even thrown through the windscreen or side window.
Using a child or booster seat
A child should normally use a child seat until he/she is 12 years old or 135 cm tall, whichever comes first. Only EU-approved child seats can be used in the UK and they should be labelled with a capital ‘E’ in a circle. You can also choose your child’s car seat based on their weight or height.
How to correctly fit and use a child seat
- Use a child seat only if your car’s seatbelt has a diagonal strap
- Before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in the front, you should deactivate the front airbags
- You should never fit a child seat on a seat that is facing the side
All of the above rules apply to children with disabilities unless they are exempted by a doctor on medical grounds. They can also use a disabled person’s seatbelt or child restraint.
Accident Advice Helpline has expertise in Fareham claims
For you as a parent, we understand that an injury to your child can be one of the most emotionally draining things that can happen. You always wish you would have done something different or could trade places with your injured child. We will give you legal advice and guidance in your personal injury compensation claim for your injured child. We will handle all the legal paperwork and keep as much of the hassle away from you as we can, allowing you to get on with the most important thing, caring for your child.
Accident Advice Helpline cares and will be with you every step of the way. For assistance and information about making personal injury compensation in Fareham claims call us on freephone 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 16th June 2014
Author: David Brown