An 11-month-old boy died after a crash on St. Andrews Church Road near Palatka Road on April 2, 2014. Police said a woman driving a gold Mazda, with two children inside, crossed the center line and struck a blue Honda. One of the children, who was not identified, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where the victim was pronounced dead. Police said that the baby was restrained in a car seat, but it was unclear if those injured were wearing seat belts. An investigation was underway to figure out why the mother of the gold Mazda crossed over the center line.
- Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S., but these can be prevented by using the proper car seats.
- Car seats reduce the risk for death to infants by 71% and to toddlers by 54% in passenger vehicles.
- In one year, more than 618,000 children age 0-12 rode in vehicles without a child safety seat, booster seat or a seat belt.
Kentucky law states that, “Any driver of a motor vehicle, when transporting a child of forty (40) inches in height or less in a motor vehicle on the roadways, streets and highways of this state, shall have the child properly secured in a child restraint system of a type meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.” KRS 189.125 makes it clear that drivers must secure all children by using the correct car seat. As defined by this statute, child restraint system means any device manufactured to transport children in a motor vehicle which conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I encourage parents to make sure their children are properly buckled up in a car seat that is appropriate for their age, height and weight. This way, we will be able to keep our children safe when riding in a vehicle. With different car seats available on the market, you may refer to the infographic prepared by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or seek the assistance of a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Also, we’d recommend looking at the latest product recalls so you don’t purchase defective car seats.