Sep 25, 2013 |


Sep 25, 2013 - Car Accidents

Residents in Pennsylvania understand that safety is crucial no matter what activity is being done. Drivers know that there are numerous things they can do to ensure their safety on the roadways. Not only are they concerned for their own safety, but the safety of their passengers. Even when a driver practices safe driving habits, this does not protect them from the potential car accidents that other drivers could cause. This means that even when a driver watches their speeds, checks their blind spots and follows posted traffic signs and signals, a negligent driver could still collide with them.

Because an automobile collision could occur at anytime or anywhere, it is especially important for drivers and passengers to properly secure themselves in the vehicle. This means wearing a seatbelt as directed and have children sit in car seats. When a child is not properly placed in their car seat or the car seat is not properly secured, serious injuries or even death could result following a car crash. Pennsylvania State police officers offered free car seat checks recently in order to reduce the dangers and risks for children traveling in a vehicle. Officers stated that if they are not properly installed, this could put the child in great danger.

When a driver does not place a child in an age appropriate car seat or properly secures them in a vehicle with a seatbelt, serious injuries could ensue, even if a car accident does not occur. Even when another drivers causes a car crash, a driver who does not properly secure their child or a child passenger could be found contributory negligent in causing their injuries.

Although it is the adult’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their passengers, a driver cannot avoid all risks and dangers on the road. When a negligent driver causes an automobile collision the injured parties could file a personal injury claim against them. This could result in compensation being awarded to cover medical bills, damages and pain and suffering.

Source: WFMZ-TV, “State Police in Reading offer car-seat checks,” Sept. 22, 2013

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