For parents and caretakers, child passenger safety is of paramount importance. Children are extremely vulnerable in car accidents, and for that reason, there are additional safety requirements meant to protect them.
Requirements of the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act
The Child Passenger Protection Act mandates that children under eight years old use a child safety restraint system.
For children who are the proper size for a booster seat, a safety belt that has both a lap and shoulder strap must be used. If the back seat of the car does not have such a belt, Illinois law provides that a child who weighs more than 40 pounds does not need to use a booster seat and may use the lap belt only.
Child Safety Restraint System Guidelines
In addition to following the car seat manufacturer’s instructions, the state of Illinois also offers the following guidance.
Car Accidents Involving Children Are Different
It is important to follow all laws and safety advice for children riding in cars. Even taking these precautions, accidents happen and injuries can be serious.
When a child is compensated for his or her injuries following an accident, that compensation must be enough to cover all future expenses such as medical bills and in-home care. In the case of a child, with many years left to live, this is an important consideration.
Contact a Lombard, IL Car Accident Lawyer
If your child has been injured, you should contact an attorney to review your case and help ensure that your child receives all the help he or she deserves under law. Contact the DuPage County car accident attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC at 630-932-9100 to set up an initial meeting with our qualified attorneys.
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