A recent two-vehicle crash along Interstate 69 had tragic results. A man driving a Dodge Ram pickup attempted to merge into the right lane. Unfortunately, a Chrysler 300 had unexpectedly stopped in the lane resulting in a collision between the two vehicles. All the occupants of both vehicles were taken to hospitals for their injuries. Unfortunately, a four-year-old girl in the Chrysler 300 was not properly restrained, and she was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. All other occupants survived the crash with varying degrees of injuries.
This accident reminds us all of the importance of making sure your children are properly restrained while traveling in a vehicle.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children in the United States.
Sadly, with proper restraints, many of these deaths could be prevented. Infant car seat use can reduce deaths by 71%. Even for 4-8 year-olds, using a booster seat can reduce the risk of serious injury by 45%. Unfortunately, not everyone uses car seats, booster seats, or even seat belts for their children.
According to Indiana Safety Laws, all children under 8 years old should be in either a car seat or a booster seat. Exceptions are made if the child is too big to fit into a car or booster seat. Then the child should still be securely protected using a seat belt. All older children as well as adults should also be properly secured using a seat belt to help prevent injury and death.
Although properly restraining your children can help protect your child should you get in a wreck, car seats and booster seats alone will not prevent automobile accidents. If you find yourself involved in an accident it might be time to consult an Indianapolis car accident lawyer. We encourage you to contact us right away if you find yourself involved in a car wreck.