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What Every Virginia Parent Needs to Know to Protect Children from Birth to 18 (Part 1 of 2)

You would do anything to protect your child. Before your child was born, you took steps to protect your unborn baby from being hurt in a car accident. You researched infant car seats. You listened carefully as the police officer, nurse, or car seat safety specialist helped you install the seat into your car correctly. Yet these are only the first steps in protecting your child. In this two-part series, our Warrenton car accident lawyers will look at the many ways you can protect your child from car accident injuries, from birth to age 18.

10 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Child Safe During the First Six Years

Whether your child is an infant or approaching school age, there are many things that you can do to keep your child safe from harm. Specifically, you can:

  • Keep your child in an approved car seat that is right for his or her age.
  • Make sure the car seat is correctly installed in your vehicle.
  • Make sure that your child is correctly buckled into the car seat every single time he or she is in the car.
  • Ensure that your child is correctly buckled in an age-appropriate car seat whenever he or she is traveling in someone else’s vehicle.
  • Pull over if your child is crying, screaming, or otherwise distracting you from driving safely.
  • Don’t hand things to your child while you are driving.
  • Do not use a cell phone and drive or use other devices that could distract you.
  • Make sure that there is nothing sharp or dangerous that could become airborne and hurt your child if you stop suddenly.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Do not drive if you are too tried to do so safely.

These things may help reduce your child’s risk of being hurt in an accident, but they will not eliminate the risk. Other drivers may still make bad decisions that could hurt your child. If that happens to you, it is important to protect your child’s legal rights.

Call a Warrenton Car Accident Attorney at Any Time if Your Child Has Been Hurt

An experienced Warrenton car crash lawyer will review your case, free of charge, and advise you of your rights. For more information, please schedule a free consultation with us by calling 540-341-007 or 888-907-2631 or contacting us via this website.