Car Travel Statistics & Safety Tips

Child/Family Travel Preparedness Tips & Statistics

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Traveling Safely In Your Car To Vegas… or Anywhere

Family vacations should be enjoyable experiences for everyone involved. However, it is important for families to think carefully about injury and health risks when they are traveling, particularly when they are with children. It can be complicated to take a trip in your car with children, and such a vacation often requires additional planning. First and foremost, it is essential to keep supplies on hand that can help when an unexpected accident or illness occurs. From supplies that can help in the event of an automobile mechanical failure to your child suffering an injury in an auto accident, your family’s road trip should include loading up on safety supplies.

To ensure that you and your family members stay safe while you are on the road or headed somewhere farther away on a flight, it is Ladah Law Firm asks you to consider this set of travel safety checklist and tips and methods for ensuring your family’s continued wellness.

Proper Seat Belt Usage and Car Seat Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one of the most important ways of keeping yourself and your kids safe on a family vacation is obeying seat belt laws and recommendations. If you have a child aged 12 or under, you should have a proper child safety seat to prevent car accident injuries. Take into account the following age groups and the appropriate car or booster seats:

  • For children aged 0-2 years old, use a rear-facing safety seat.
    If your child is between the ages of 2-7, you can generally switch to a forward-facing child safety seat.
  • Depending upon your child’s height, children between the ages of 4-12 may require a forward-facing booster seat.
  • Generally, whenever a child reaches the height of 4’9”, she can switch to a regular seat with an adult seat belt. In most cases, children aged 8 and older can be considered for a regular car seat with an adult safety belt.

According to the NHTSA, seat belts reduce the rate of car crash deaths, and it is important to wear a properly fitted safety belt.

Be Prepared for Unexpected Events and Injuries

When accidents and unexpected events do occur, it is important to have the proper supplies on hand to deal with injuries and illnesses. According to a fact sheet from the government of British Columbia’s disaster readiness institute, some important preparedness travel safety tips include but are not limited to the following:

  • Keep a tool box on hand;
  • Have jumper cables in your trunk;
  • Have a flashlight with new batteries;
  • Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit;
  • Try to keep your gas tank full;
  • Check your tire pressure;
  • Keep backup electronics chargers; and
  • Print maps of your route in the event that your GPS fails.

Contact a Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney

If you or one of your children recently suffered injuries while traveling because of another party’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney in Las Vegas can discuss your options with you today. Contact Ladah Law Firm at (702) 252-0055.

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Las Vegas, NV 89101

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