It is not always easy driving with children in the vehicle. If your kids are young, they may be prone to meltdowns or fighting among themselves in the backseat. This can be frustrating for you as a parent, but it could also impede your driving if your children become a distraction. This could prove dangerous to you, your kids and others on the road.
Your children are your most precious cargo. For that reason, you want to do whatever you can to ensure that they are as safe as possible when riding in your vehicle. You know that you cannot prevent all accidents that could negatively affect them, but you also know that you can take protective measures to lessen that likelihood.
Keeping your kids safe
As mentioned, sometimes kids can distract their parents from driving. Though you may simply want to get home as quickly as possible if your child is having a distracting meltdown, you may need to pull over instead. Stopping the vehicle could help you get a better handle on the situation than trying to soothe your child and drive at the same time, which could lead to an accident. Other ways to better ensure your children’s safety include the following:
- Always use the proper car seat, booster seat or seat belt for your children. Kids of different ages, weight and height need different accommodations to ensure that safety features, like seat belts, work properly.
- Avoid distractions while driving. As mentioned, your kids having a meltdown could distract you, but texting, making phone calls, thinking about a grocery list and more could also distract you from driving.
- Secure any loose items in the trunk or back storage area of your vehicle. Even a small toy could become a high-speed projectile in the event of a crash, so keeping items in a bag that you secure or in the trunk could prevent that.
- Have children under 13 years old sit in the back seat and, again, use seats and seat belts appropriate for their height and weight.
Taking these few precautions could make a substantial difference in the protection of your child in the event of a car accident.
What if an accident happens?
The sad reality is that, even if you do your best to protect your kids, a car accident could still result in them or you suffering serious injuries. When a negligent or reckless driver causes such an event, you may have reason to hold that person accountable for the harm caused. Filing a personal injury claim after an injury-causing crash could allow you to seek compensation for damages allowable under Colorado law.