Car accidents happen without warning, and often result in serious injury and property damage. Of course, even a minor accident can become a nightmare if a young child is in the car, and is hurt or, worse, killed.
Safety Features in Cars to Prevent Injury to Children
Fortunately, certain safety features exist to help protect infants and young children in the event of a crash, such as car seats. In fact, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that car seat use reduces the risk of death for infants by 71 percent and for toddlers by 54 percent.
In addition to car seats, many new cars possess a variety of other safety features that can help protect both you and your young child. If you are looking for a new car with a host of safety features, these vehicles, highlighted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), may be some of your best options. These cars pass all general safety tests and also passenger safety tests for your most precious of cargo.
2015 Chevrolet Spark
If you don’t mind driving around in a minicar, consider testing out the new 2015 Chevrolet Spark. This year’s model comes with electronic stability control, antilock brakes, a rollover sensor, and multiple airbags for enhanced protection in the event of a crash, and has received positive ratings in all of the tested categories.
2015 Chevrolet Volt
Similar to the Spark is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt, an electric car rated by the IIHS as one of the safest options of this year. The Volt has virtually all of the safety functions as the Spark, although offers a more spacious backseat for other passengers, in which car seats can be placed, either facing toward the front or the rear.
2015 Honda Odyssey
Do you have multiple children to drive around town? Would a larger car better serve your needs? If so, consider the 2015 Honda Odyssey as one of the best options for you. This sleek minivan has received the highest ratings in all of the safety categories tested by the IIHS, and was recently re-engineered to provide a safer experience for both drivers and passengers.
Be Sure to Consider the Car Seat
Picking out a safe car is one step toward protecting your young child in the event of a crash. In addition to this, however, it is imperative that you find a car seat that fits your child’s needs. The IIHS also provides a list of some of the safest car seat options for children; make sure to reference this when making a final decision. Furthermore, before settling on one model, consider the age of your child; children at different ages will need different styles of car seats, which is further illustrated on a post offered by SaferCar.gov. Finally, after you purchase a car seat, stay abreast of any recalls made on car seat models by the federal government. Car seat recalls are announced if a model is defective.
Contact Us if You Have Been Injured
Sadly, even after taking as many safety precautions as possible, children may still be seriously injured or even killed in car accidents. If you or your child has suffered injuries in a crash, please contact us today at the Tate Law Offices, P.C., for help. We will aggressively advocate on your behalf to ensure you are compensated for your losses. You can reach us when you are ready by calling 888-565-7068 for a free initial consultation.