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Child Passenger Safety and Personal Injury Claims

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, a leading cause of death among children is motor vehicle injuries. In 2015 alone, 663 children under the age of 12 died as occupants in car crashes – 35% were not buckled up.

Child Passenger Safety

Over 121,350 children were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. In one CDC study, it was found that over 618,000 children between the ages of 0 and 12 years rode in vehicles or cars without a booster seat, seat belt, or child safety seat at least some of the time. This is a frightening statistic, and the worst part is that it is so easily preventable.

Tips on Child Passenger Safety

Parents should be aware of ways to keep their children safe while traveling in a vehicle. Here is a brief look at some crucial child passenger safety tips to make sure that your child is always secure when you are driving:

  • Make sure that you read the National Safety Council’s position statements on child restraints. Child passenger safety among different modes of transportation is addressed in the statement.
  • You should take advantage of car safety checks that are held across the United States during National Seat Check.
  • If you are pregnant, it is critical to schedule a car seat installation with a certified technician to make sure that you understand child passenger safety before your baby is born.
  • If you have children under 12 years of age, make sure that they ride in the backseat at least through age 12.
  • If your children complain about strapping on a seatbelt, make sure that you never negotiate. Do not start your car until they are buckled up.
  • As a parent, you need to be consistent at all times and wear your seatbelt. Using the driver safety belt has a strong influence on whether or not your child will wear their safety belt.
  • You should keep in mind that all 50 states require child seats with specific criteria. Make sure that you go through your state’s list of child passenger safety laws.
  • The life of a car seat is typically from 6 to 8 years. Make sure that you read about recalls for manufacturers of child seats for at least the past 10 years and keep yourself well informed.
  • Always remember that while airbags can save the lives of older children, and of course adults, they can be highly dangerous, even fatal, for young children.
  • Make sure that you use the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) seat belt or restraint system to install the car seat in your car and firmly secure forward-facing car seats using the top tether.
  • Register your booster seat and car seat at gov so you will always be informed if your model has a safety recall.
  • You should make it a point to visit your local car seat inspection station so that your seat is properly checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

If you have a child, it is unnecessary to say that their safety inside your vehicle should always come first. Following these child passenger safety tips will help ensure this, and keep your little ones safe and sound when you are driving.

Taking Legal Action for Your Child’s Injury in a Car Accident

If your child is injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, you should take legal action. Filing a personal injury claim will help you obtain compensation for the injuries your child has suffered. Some accidents can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal injury, paralysis, and more. Be sure to document all details regarding the accident in order to file for compensation.

When you file a personal injury claim or suit, you may be able to get compensation to make sure that your child receives the required treatment, care, and medications they need for their injuries. You may also be able to get compensation for other damages such as pain and suffering, damage to property, and so on.

If your child has been injured in a car accident, you should immediately consult the reliable personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates. We have a team of highly skilled lawyers who specialize in personal injury claims. Call us at 561-845-2510 for a free consultation today.

What is a Negligent Security Case?

So many accidents that occur on another premise are due to the negligence in security on the part of a third party or local business. It is an unfortunate situation that happens far too often throughout the state of Florida. These accidents could be helped and even avoided if local businesses and venues maintained proper security measures.

Negligent Security CaseWhat most victims aren’t aware of is that often times these attacks warrant legal issues, and not solely in the case of an attacker who clearly committed a crime, but the individuals or victims harmed by the actions of another can seek justice and compensation to help aid in their recovery. In addition to the crime itself, there also may be a third-party liability known as “negligent security”, where a property owner is held accountable for failure to keep their properties safe.

Negligent security matters are usually rooted in premise liability rules which outline the responsibilities property owners have to others, which include keeping a premise safe. While a property owner cannot be responsible for every intentional act of another person, the owner does have to maintain certain security measures and adhere to those responsibilities to reduce the risk of harm to others as much as possible.

Negligent security cases can be difficult and complex which is why it is important to have a professional, qualified, and knowledgeable attorney on your side. The attorneys at Fetterman & Associates work with individuals and their cases throughout the state of Florida on negligent security matters.

Some of the most common cases that our legal team deals with includes:

  • Residential apartment building owners
  • Office building owners and operators
  • Hotel and motel owners
  • Restaurant owners and landlords
  • Nightclub and tavern owners and operators

Whenever a member of our legal team is assigned a negligent security case, he or she is tasked with conducting a lengthy and extensive investigation to find out how the crime happened and what measures the property owner should have taken to avoid it. We then will also discuss our findings with our clients and put together a case to back them up and secure a proper, thorough legal defense and fight on behalf of our clients’ rights.

The Law Team of Fetterman & Associates takes the time and effort needed for each individual case. With over forty years of legal experience, our legal team knows there are no two cases alike. Therefore, we devote the time necessary for proper and thorough research, and we really put forth the effort to dot our T’s and cross our I’s. Working with a member of the Law Team of Fetterman & Associates means working with the best. As a result, we do our best for you.

Florida Negligent Security Attorney

If you or someone you know feels like a recent crime or intentional attack could have been avoided due to a lack of or negligent security on behalf of a particular property, such as one of those outlined above, consider reaching out to the Law Team of Fetterman & Associates today to see how we can help ensure your rights are respected and you receive the compensation you deserve due to an unnecessary accident or attack. You can contact us for a free, no-obligation interview where we can discuss the details and specifics of the occurrence and establish a well-developed and organized case.

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