Unbuckled Child Critically Injured in St. Louis Car Accident

Unbuckled Child Critically Injured in St. Louis Car Accident

A 4-year-old was seriously injured after his father allegedly slammed into four other vehicles while trying to get away from the police. According to FOX2, the collisions happened at the intersection of Marceau and Broadway. The child was ejected from the vehicle as he wasn’t properly fastened into a child’s car seat.

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The driver allegedly tried to escape officers because there was a large amount of marijuana i his vehicle. There were also two other drivers transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand how important it is to make sure that our youngest, and smallest, motorists are properly buckled in during each and every car ride. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death among children in the U.S. And the sad fact of the matter is that many of these fatalities could be prevented. By putting your child in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat, you can help to significantly reduce their risks for serious and fatal injuries.

In 2009, there were close to 1,500 children under the age of 15 who were killed as motor vehicle-occupants in traffic accidents. In addition to these fatalities, there were another 180,000 who were injured.

According to recent study from the CDC, close to 1 million children under the age of 13 have been in a motor vehicle without the use of a car seat or a booster seat or a seat belt.

To help to minimize these risks, know the stages:

-When a child is under the age of 2, keep this in a rear-facing child’s seat in the back seat of the vehicle.

-When a child is between the ages of 2 and 4 (and weighs less than 40 pounds), you should place them in a forward-facing car seat in the back seat of your vehicle.

-When they’re between the ages of 4 and 8 (or until they’re 4’9″ tall) you want to place them in a booster seat. During this stage, they should remain in the back seat of your vehicle.

-Once they turn 9 and/or they exceed 4’9″ you can place them in an adult seat with an adult seat belt. Remember to only move them to this stage once you know that an adult belt with fit them properly. You want to make sure that the lap portion lays firmly across the upper thighs (not on the stomach) and that the shoulder portion fits across the chest and not along the neck.

It’s important that parents and guardians step up and step in when it comes to buckling children safely into vehicles. These youngsters can’t fend for themselves and rely on us to keep them safe in these scenarios. Make sure that your child, and all others in the vehicle, are properly buckled in during each and every car ride. It’s a live-saving move.

More Blog Entries:

Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars in Missouri’s Summer, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, June 18, 2013

NHTSA Recruits Chuggington to Help Prevent Child Injury in St. Louis, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, September 28, 2011

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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