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MI Car Safety - Study Shows Parents Unaware of Proper Carseat Safety

Every day as an experienced Detroit personal injury lawyer, numerous people are represented who have sustained severe personal injury or died as the result of a car accident. When traveling with small children it the car, it is important to place them in a secured booster seat or car seat, as the likelihood of sustaining injury increases if they are unrestrained. Each day in the United States, approximately two hundred children between the ages of four and eight receive emergency medical care for injuries sustained in accidents. Despite this alarming statistic, many parents are not informed of proper car safety procedures for kids, ultimately putting them as risk.

According to pediatric emergency medicine physician and clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan, Michelle Macy M.D., M.Sc., the proper time for a child to use a seatbelt is when they are four feet and and nine inches tall. However, she can understand why parents are misinformed of proper procedures. “Parents may think their child is too big to put in a booster seat or that booster seats are baby seats.” Because laws governing Michigan child car safety are relatively new, Dr. Macy suspects that parents are receiving false information from other parents. “…parents talking to other parents about what’s safest for their child may not be getting the right information. Using a booster seat until 4-feet-9 is ideal,” she said.

A national poll was conducted by C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital regarding children’s health in January, 2010, in which 706 parents with children between ages four to eight were interviewed. The parents were asked questions about their personal use of booster seats in the car, as well as their knowledge of state laws concerning child car safety. Fortunately, seventy-six percent of children, ages four to eight, are using car seats. However, over half of the parents interviewed were unaware of their state law regarding booster seats. Although car safety seats can reduce the risk of personal injury in a Michigan car accident nearly fifty percent, over half of parents with children between seven and eight reported they would decline to use one if no laws existed.

As a dedicated Detroit auto collision lawyer, it is important to update all Michigan residents on the latest safety requirements that can ensure everyone arrives to their destination unharmed, regardless of age. As seen by the aforementioned statistics, the consequences of car accidents where small children are improperly restrained are devastating, resulting in life-changing personal injury. For answers, as well as the best legal advice and legal representation, it is essential to contact hard-working legal counsel immediately. Doing so can help ensure the most positive outcome possible for your personal injury claim.