Nevada state law requires that children under the age of six as well as those weighing less than 60 pounds, ride in an appropriate car safety seat when being transported in a vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that children who are properly restrained in an appropriate car seat are much less likely to die in a car accident than those who are not. Infants reduce their risk by 71%, while toddlers reduce their risk of death by more than 50%.
Car seat system design and manufacturing are governed by U.S. law. Specifically, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 213 has lengthy regulations, specifications, and requirements for the design and production of car seats as well as mandatory guidelines for warning labels. If your child was hurt due to a Nevada a car seat injury accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for harm suffered. Available monetary compensation may include payment for medical bills, rehabilitation, long term care, pain and suffering, as well as wrongful death. The Nevada personal injury attorneys at H&P Law can help explain whether the car seat or vehicle manufacturer is at fault and the extent by which they can be held liable for your child’s injuries.
While statistics show that a car seat can insulate a child from harm in the event of a Nevada car accident, it is important for parents in Henderson and the rest of the state to keep an eye out for safety problems. Some key issues Henderson parents should look out for when it comes to car seats includes:
Product recalls: Even the most trusted company sometimes releases a product into the stream of commerce that must later be recalled. Parents should stay up-to-date on car seat recalls by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) child seat recall campaign listings;
Prior accidents: A car seas that has already been in a prior car accident will likely be inadequate when it comes to protecting your child. This is because part of the design of car seats is to take the force of the impact of the crash by crumpling on the inside. For this reason, a car seat should never be used again once it has been involved in a car accident;
Improper installation: Parents should always review the car seat’s installation manual instead of assuming to know how to properly install a car seat. Many parents can visit a Nevada car seat inspection station in order to ensure proper installation of the car seat.
While there are best practices when it comes to safety when your child is in a car seat, accidents still happen. Whether the injuries suffered by your child are due to someone else’s fault or caused by a defective car seat, the skilled personal injury attorneys at H&P Law are here to help. Representing the rights of the injured in Henderson and across the state of Nevada, we will fight for the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Click here today to schedule your initial case evaluation.