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Texas car crash lawyerRecently, a three-year-old girl, who was not in a car seat or wearing a seat belt, was left behind on the floor of a crumpled vehicle after a serious crash. The girl was riding in the back of the vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man who lost control of the vehicle due to his speed, rear-ending one car and sideswiping another. He and another passenger, a 12-year-old boy, both told responders there were no other passengers in the vehicle.

The Odessa Fire Rescue, the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety all responded to the scene and failed to notice the little girl on the floor of the vehicle. The little girl was found by a tow truck driver three hours later. She was immediately taken to the hospital, but family reports that she suffered bleeding in her brain and partial paralysis.

The injured girl’s situation is a clear reminder of the importance of children riding in the appropriate safety seat. Her injuries may have been prevented or mitigated had she been buckled into a car seat. Emergency personnel, who checked the child safety seat in the back of the vehicle, would also have found her quicker and been able to give her immediate medical attention. If your child was hurt because a babysitter or guardian did not properly buckle him or her into a car seat, you may have a personal injury claim against that adult.

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New Braunfels car crash lawyerMultiple recent car accidents in Texas have led to children being injured. In some of these accidents, investigators found some of the children in the vehicles were not properly secured in child safety seats, despite being young or small enough to need such a seat. A crash on the Loop 410 led to the deaths of a two small boys. Two other infants were severely injured in the accident. None of the children were in safety seats or wearing seat belts. The tragedy of these accidents is deepened when it is acknowledged that the proper use of child safety seats greatly reduces the likelihood of a child dying during an accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the fact that car seat reduces the risk of an infant’s death by 71 percent or a toddler’s death by 54 percent, people still fail to use this safety equipment or secure their children into the seats properly.

Buying the Correct Safety Seat

Not every child safety seat is right for your child. Children grow and as they do, their seat must evolve with them. Newborns will need an infant car seat, which should only be rear-facing. The child will become too heavy or too tall for this seat. They will need the next size up, which can be forward facing and usually holds children up to 65 lbs. Many seats are convertible seats, which means they can shift and change shape to support your child through multiple stages. The last stage before children grow out of the need for a safety seat is a booster seat, which often holds children up to 80 lbs. It is important to note that you change the child’s safety seat based on their size and proper fit into the seat – not based on the child’s age.

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