The biggest fear of any parent is getting into an auto accident with your child in the car. Thankfully, car seats are safer than ever before, and there are clear and easy-to-follow instructions issued by organizations like American Academy of Pediatrics to help you decide which car seat is best for your child.
It is important to remember that each state has different laws regarding child safety seats. In Virginia, your child is required to use a booster seat until the age of 8. If your child is younger, read the materials provided by the manufacturers of car seats and the safety guidelines of organizations like American Academy of Pediatrics and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.
If you are in a car accident while you child is in a car seat, you may need to replace your car seat. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration states that a car seat must be replaced after a car accident if:
- If the car could not be driven away from the accident
- If the door nearest to the car seat was damaged
- If any passengers sustained injuries
- If the airbags deployed
- If there is visible damage to the car seat
If ANY of the above items are true, you need to replace your child’s car seat.
If your family is the victim of a car accident, please review BenGlassLaw’s YouTube page for helpful videos that will help you understand the process of a personal injury/car accident case. We also have FREE reports and consumer guides like our Accident Book. You can also call (703)584-7277 to speak with a member of our staff.