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Child Car Seat Requirements

While it's a necessity for much of modern life, driving can also be a uniquely dangerous task.
    ATLANTA, GA, March 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- While it's a necessity for much of modern life, driving can also be a uniquely dangerous task. Any collision puts you at risk of suffering a significant injury. If that wasn't bad enough, your children are extremely vulnerable during an auto accident. This is why all states have passed laws requiring car seats for certain ages.

However, even if you're the most responsible driver and parent in the world and strap your child into the best child car seat on the market, the negligence or misconduct of another driver can still result in an injury. If this has happened to you, you should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer about pursuing justice and compensation for you and your child.

Legal Mandates

At present, all fifty states and Washington D.C. have laws requiring special car seats for children who meet certain criteria.

Those criteria vary by state, and you should look up your specific state or consult with a car accident lawyer to be sure of what you're required to do as a parent. For example, in Georgia children under the age of eight and less than 57 inches tall must ride in a child safety seat, a rear seat if one is available. The fine for a first offense is $50. By contrast, the law in Florida is all children under the age of three.

Further, 48 states have laws on the books requiring booster seats for children who have outgrown their safety seats but are still too small for a normal-sized adult seat. Florida and South Dakota are the only states without these laws.

Liability Questions

One of the most important questions car accident lawyers have to answer when preparing a case is one of fault. You must demonstrate that the personal injury you suffered was caused by the other driver's negligence or misconduct.

Some people assume that if a child is improperly restrained and is then hurt in a crash that the driver responsible for the crash can get out of paying for the child's personal injury. The situation is more complicated than that. While a driver's failure to properly restrain their child can be used as a mitigating defense by the driver responsible for the crash, most states do not say that this takes the driver off the hook.

Laws vary by state. You should speak with a car accident lawyer about your questions.

If you or your child have been in an accident in the Atlanta area and you want to speak with a car accident lawyer about your options, please visit the website of Robbins and Associates, PC today for more information at www.robbinslaw.com.


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