Daytona Beach Child Injury Lawyers
Zimmet & Zimmet share Tips they have learn throughout the years of service in the Daytona Beach, Florida area.
Children and Safety Seats:
All children, of any age or size, must be properly restrained when riding in a motor vehicle. This means that:
- Children 12 years and younger should ride in the back seat.
- Infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing car safety seats as long as possible.
- Toddlers and young children should ride in forward-facing car safety seats with harnesses as long as possible.
- School age children should ride in booster seats until the adult seat belt fits properly.
- You should never use a car safety seat if your child weighs more than the seat’s weight limit or is taller than the height limit. Check the labels on the seat or manufacturer’s instructions if you are unsure what the limits are.
- For toddlers or young children whose behavior will not yet allow safe use of a booster seat but who are too large for a forward-facing seat with a harness, you can consider using a travel vest. Most travel vests have upper weight limits of 60 to 168 pounds.
According to Palm Coast Personal Injury Lawyer, Florida law requires the use of safety belts for all drivers and passengers in all motorized vehicles, except:
- Persons who have a doctor-certified medical condition for which the use of a safety belt may be inappropriate or dangerous
- Employees of a newspaper home delivery service or a solid waste /recyclable collection service working designated routes
- Persons traveling in the living quarters of a recreational vehicle or a space within a truck body primarily intended for merchandise or property
- Persons traveling in vehicles that are not required to be equipped with safety belts under federal law
Rear Mounted Seats:
A rear-mounted seat must
- Be securely attached over the rear wheel
- Have spoke guards to prevent feet and hands from being caught in the wheels
Have a high back and a sturdy shoulder harness and lap belt that will support a sleeping child
Seat Belts During Pregnancy:
Wearing a seat belt is particularly important during pregnancy, when you’re protecting for two. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for moms-to-be while traveling in the car:
- Wear your seat belt properly, with the lap belt beneath your belly and the shoulder strap positioned between the breasts and to the side of the belly.
- Move your seat back as far as possible if you have airbags. Tilt the seat to give your belly more space.
- If you aren’t driving, sit in the back seat.
- Always see your doctor immediately after a car accident, even if you don’t feel like you are hurt.