We rely on our automobiles for transporting our children to their sports and scouting activities, doctor appointments and schools. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of acquired disability in children. Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes. Nearly 21% of children that are killed in car accidents die from drivers that are operating vehicles while over the legal blood alcohol level. And nearly half the deceased children that are killed by drunk drivers were intoxicated passengers at the time of the accidents.
Currently studies show that there is 90% compliance with regard to the use of child safety seats in children less than four years of age. Every state requires the use of infant restraint systems while infants are passengers in cars. The age-group that is at an increased risk for severe injury is children between the ages of four through eight years old. There is a 62% compliance rate with appropriate seating for these slightly older children. The reason for the inappropriate seating and inappropriate use of restraints in this age group is lack of parental knowledge. Because of this lack of knowledge, children between 4 – 8 yrs old are most commonly transported without the appropriate belt-positioning booster seats. If these children were in the appropriate seating system their risk for injury and death would be reduced by nearly 60%. Pediatric and family practice offices should be providing injury prevention education with regard to the proper use of child safety restraint systems, especially in older children as they graduate to front-facing seats to booster chairs. Over the last five years, roughly 16% of states required booster safety systems while transporting older children up to the age of eight. The law has not caught up with accident research data.
The Keane Law Firm and You
The Keane Law Firm has the experience and resources to handle a variety of childhood injury cases. While Christopher Keane and The Keane Law Firm specialize in cases from San Francisco and the State of California, they may also accept worthy cases from other states. If your child or the child of somebody you know has been the victim of a serious injury, we can work with you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
No matter where your child’s injury occurred, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a no-cost evaluation of your case. And remember, if you are a professional referring a case to us, 25% of our fee will be donated to the charity of your choice. Contact Christopher Keane and The Keane Law Firm today, and we can help you seek justice for the injury done to your child.
California child injury lawyers are available to help if you know a child who has been injured. The Keane Law Firm has been recognized as having an AV rating - the highest legal ability and ethics rating available, and Christopher Keane has been rated as one of the leading plaintiff's lawyers in America as a "tireless advocate for injured children". Contact him today to see if he can help your child.
The Keane Law Firm
530 Jackson Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, California 94133
Phone: (415) 398-2777
Toll free: (888) 592-KIDS (5437)
Fax: (415) 520-2282
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