Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for most children ages one to 12. Sometimes, even if parents are careful driving with their children in the car, they forget another factor that can cause the demise of their little ones: the improper placement of their children in car seats.
Texas law requires children under the age of eight (or 4’9″ and under) be placed in car seats every time they are riding in vehicles. The best way to properly restrain children in vehicles is to keep them in each phase of restraint – rear facing, front facing with a five-point harness, or booster – until they reach the maximum height or weight requirements as stated by car seat manufacturers.
Children are to remain in the back seat until they are 13 years of age, at which time they are considered the proper size to sit in the front seat. Another reason why children are advised to stay in the back seat is because when frontal airbags deploy, they can cause severe injury or even death to a child, due to opening with great force.
At Chris Mayo Law Firm, our personal injury attorney lawyers have the legal resources and technical experience to give personal injury accident victims the highest quality and committed legal representation they need and deserve. Call our San Antonio offices today at (210) 999-9999 to discuss your legal options.