You've probably talked to your child about what to do in the event of a fire, hurricane, or medical emergency. But, have you talked to your child about what to do after a Florida car crash?
Car crashes are the leading cause of traumatic injury and death to children. Yet, a recent survey conducted by OnStar and Kelton Research found that while 72 percent of parents believe their children know what to do in the event of a fire, only 46 percent say their children know at least one safety precaution to take after a car wreck.
The best way to protect your child in a Boca Raton car accident is to prepare before the crash. If your child is less than four feet nine inches tall, make sure your child is using an appropriately sized car seat or booster seat and that the seat is properly installed. Talk to your child about the proper way to sit in a car.
- Shoulders should be against the back of the seat.
- The head rest should be positioned so it touches the back of the head.
- The child should never lean on the door panel or window.
- Legs should remain in front, not turned to the side or placed on the seat.
- All belongings should be kept put away so they do not cause injury in an accident.
Boca Raton injury attorney David Glatthorn suggests that you talk to your child about when and how to call for help. Turn off your cell phone and practice calling 9-1-1. If your vehicle is equipped with an emergency service such as OnStar, teach your child how to push the button to report a crash or other emergency. Make sure your child knows that the voice is there to help. Remind your child that 9-1-1 and OnStar are only to be used in emergencies.
After a car crash, firemen are often the first to arrive at a crash scene. Many children find the masks firemen wear to be scary. Looking at picture books with photos of firemen and emergency workers can help alleviate those fears. Remind your child that emergency workers are there to help and that it is important to follow their directions.
You can help the emergency workers by taping an emergency information card to your child's car seat. Include your child's name, age, an emergency contact, and important medical information such as drug allergies.
Boca Raton accident lawyer David Glatthorn has written a free book for Florida accident victims. Use the link on this page to request your free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or call 866-413-5525 to discuss your car crash with a Florida accident attorney. The initial consultation is free.