A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 43% of children who died in a car accident were improperly restrained or not restrained at all. Safety seat laws also vary widely by state.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted that in states where there are more strict seat belt laws, seat belt use was much higher.
Overall, across the country, car accident deaths are increasing. States throughout the south, however, were reported to have 52% of the total number of children involved in fatal car accidents between 2010 and 2014.
Of the studys conducted, the authors' hopes are to increase prevention of child deaths and to get federal legislation on child safety seat laws.
Some argue that the laws should remain for the states to decide while others argue that in the matter of child safety, there should be a federal minimum standard for safety seats.
Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration announced that seat belt usage was at its highest since 1994 however proper use of a seat belt or safety seat for children must be adhered to or the results could be fatal.
Many local fire or police stations will check your child's safety seat for proper installation for free. Make sure to know the recommendations for your child's safety seat, whether they are an infant or small child.
If you or a loved one are hurt in an auto accident, you may need legal help to get medical treatment and your medical bills paid.
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