This week – from now until Saturday September 22 – is National Child Passenger Safety Week. It is an excellent time to remind ourselves of the importance of preventing injuries to children in Oregon auto accidents.
Here in Oregon the public awareness events for National Child Passenger Safety Week are being led by SafeKids Oregon. The SafeKids webpage devoted to the week and its related activities opens with some stark statistics that put the problem into perspective:
“Motor vehicle traffic crashes,” it notes, “remain the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 12 years old.” It also notes that fully 75% of children riding in American cars “are not as secure as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.”
SafeKids is making free posters and brochures available to help parents and other adults learn the proper way to install and secure a child safety seat – and at what ages different sorts of seats should be used. As their website notes, child safety devices that are used incorrectly can often pose almost as great a danger as using no safety device at all. This problem is particularly tragic because it is so easily fixed.
As an Oregon car crash lawyer who deals in many cases involving injuries to Oregon children, these are issues I see almost every day. Please take some time this week to visit the SafeKids Oregon website and learn what you can do to help improve the safety of all our kids every time they get into a car.
Safe Kids Oregon: National Child Passenger Safety Week