Haggerty Hinton & Cosgrove Child Passenger Safety Week

Scranton Personal Injury Lawyer

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24, and I couldn’t let the week pass without sharing a few sobering statistics and one small thing you can do that may very well change the future of those you love the most.

  • In 2020, 845 children below the age of 13 died in motor vehicle crashes.
  • 212 of those children were unrestrained at the time of the accident, i.e. not “buckled up” in an age-appropriate car or booster seat.
  • Choosing to restrain children in rear seats rather than front seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by about 75% for children up to 3 years old, and by 50% for children between 4 and 8 years old.

This Child Passenger Safety Week, make sure your child is in the right car seat for their age and weight. But even more, please wear your seat belt every time you get behind the wheel. If you want your child to be a teen driver who wears their seat belt by habit, you must model it when they’re young. I believe it’s one of those things that’s truly “caught rather than taught.”

Take care, buckle up everyone in your family, and, as always, reach out if I can help you in any way.