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New Jersey child passenger accident prevention and safety tips

Although car accidents can be deadly for anyone, no one is more vulnerable than small children. Unfortunately, even the most diligent safety precautions do not always protect these young passengers from serious harm in car accidents. Recently, New Jersey Highway Traffic Safety officials promoted a special child passenger safety campaign for a week to inform parents and caretakers to use proper precaution with regard to car seat use to prevent a tragic accident.

The Safety officials held events to demonstrate proper restraint system instruction and answer all questions. Certified safety technicians report that car crashes are the leading killer of children from infancy to 13 years of age. Any children under the age of eight and under 80 pounds must be properly restrained in a car or booster seat, situated in the rear seat of a vehicle to avoid airbag deployment, according to New Jersey legislation.

The Safety Division provided several tips for guardians and parents with regard to safe child passenger security. These tips include: utilizing the same car seat for your child based on their size and age, fitting the seat properly within the rear of the vehicle, utilizing instruction manuals for both the vehicle and the seat for proper installation, and exercising consistent use of the seat until the child is at least 12 years old. Further questions can be directed to the NJ Safety Division via their website or toll free phone number.

If your child has been injured in a car accident, it is important that your child is well cared for and that the insurance company or person responsible pays for any and all medical treatments. Beyond the initial emergency room or hospital stay, there may be additional costs down the road that are unforeseen. It is important to know your rights for compensation for the medical care and well being of your child. New Jersey residents may be able to file a civil lawsuit in order to make a personal injury claim to cover medical and other related expenses.

Source: nj1015.com, Protecting NJ Kids in Cars, David Matthau, Sept. 13, 2013

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