As a parent, protecting our children is our number one responsibility. This includes when our children are in our homes or when they are out in public. Of course, this responsibility also includes when we are transporting our kids from place to place. In fact, as Colorado Springs injury lawyers we believe inside a vehicle might be when children are at the greatest risk.
A terrible reminder of what can happen to our kids in an auto accident occurred just last week right here in Colorado Springs. According to reports, a family was traveling along Tutt Boulevard when a large truck failed to stop at a light. The truck slammed into the family’s vehicle at the intersection.
The collision was so violent that one of the children was ejected from the car. Thankfully, the child survived, but like another child and two adults in the vehicle, he was left seriously injured. They were all rushed to a nearby hospital to be treated.
The driver of the truck escaped injury but didn’t escape charges. He was cited for a red light violation as well as careless driving causing injury. An investigation may lead to more charges, however.
There is no word on whether or not the children were properly restrained, but the fact that a child was ejected might suggest that they weren’t. We can’t stress how important it is to keep your kids safe in child safety seats while traveling. In fact, it’s the law here in Colorado.
According to Children’s Hospital Colorado:
Children 4-8 (through their 8th birthday) must continue to ride in a child restraint. This can be a five point harness child safety seat for younger children or a booster that uses the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt as kids get older and bigger.
Properly restraining a child in this age group can actually reduce the risk of injury by 59% compared to just using a seatbelt.
If you’ve been injured by negligence, contact Heuser & Heuser.