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Auto Accidents

Irving Police Department is conducting an investigation into a tragic accident that led to an 8-month-old child falling out of one of the rear windows of the sedan her mother was driving. As the sedan was making a turn at the intersection, the infant fell out of the right-back door, and a black sedan hit the child. Three other children were in the backseat with the infant, none of which were secured in safety belts or car seats. The incident happened at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the intersection of Northbound on MacArthur Boulevard and Ranchview Drive. The black sedan did not stop, but authorities speculate the driver was unaware of what happened. The infant passed away at the hospital.

Car Seats

About 46 percent of car seats and booster seats are used incorrectly. On the contrary, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reported 325 children under the age of five saved by car seats in 2017. This is just one statistic that illustrates why consistently maintaining the correct car seat for your child is so important. Texas seat belt laws have made it mandatory that children remain secure in the appropriate car seat during the full duration of the trip. The best way to keep your child safe in the car is to ensure you’re utilizing the correct car seat, the correct way. The Texas Department of Transportation has published a car seat guide for reference, but make sure you also take your child’s weight into consideration, as well as car seat labels for exceptions and additional guidance.

  • Birth to two years old:
    • Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years old, or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their safety seat’s manufacturer.
  • Over two years old:
    • Any child two years or older, who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for a car seat, should use a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.
    • This also applies to children younger than two years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit of their seat.
  • Ages four to eight years old:
    • Children whose weight or height exceeds the limit for a forward-facing car seat should switch to a belt-positioning booster seat.
    • Children should remain in a booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they reach 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between eight and 12 years of age.

Also, be sure to check out the car seat recall list the Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS) has detailed between November 2011 through November 15, 2021.

How to Dress Your Child for Their Car Seat in the Colder Months

With the winter season right around the corner, many of us are breaking out our winter coats and jackets to keep warm! An overwhelming amount of parents and caregivers find that winter coats and snowsuits are the best at keeping their child warm and cozy, but what they fail to realize is the danger this attire can pose to car seat safety. Bulky winter coats pose a threat to child safety since they allow for too much wiggle room. In the event of an accident, the safety straps fail to keep the child secure. While CPS technicians have preached this for years, Allstate shared a video explaining the best way to accommodate for the colder weather.

Precious Cargo

No child should be harmed in a car wreck due to a lack of safety restraints. Defensive driving means protecting yourself from more than just other drivers. It’s about thinking ahead and anticipating hazards so you can avoid accidents before they happen. In being a proactive motorist, it is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to keep themselves and others safe.

No adult wants to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, but no parent wants to see their child’s well-being threatened. There is absolutely no excuse for another motorist to threaten the life of you and your child. If your child fell out of your vehicle or was in an accident where your children are needing medical attention – you need to call us immediately. Tap the green button below.

Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley, your child’s personal injury attorney

Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley is in the business of helping parents recover their rightful compensation. As personal injury attorneys and parents ourselves, we want to help you and your family treat and financially recover from any injuries you suffered as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence. We know what we would do if our child was harmed in a motor vehicle accident, and you should, too.

If you or someone you love has been in a car wreck, truck wreck, or motorcycle wreck – call Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley Personal Injury Law Firm, or tap here to submit your case online. Whether or not you were driving the car, you may be entitled to passenger injury compensation. To learn more about our firm and your legal rights after an accident, please contact us for your 100% free case consultation, or tap the green button above.

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