It’s likely that your kids won’t remember a time when your family didn’t have a car. To them, getting in and watching the scenery flash by is completely normal – this is just how you get around. Because of this, many kids aren’t aware of the safety measures that need to be taken to avoid injury should there be an accident. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure they are safely strapped in and as well protected as possible in the event of a collision.
Of course, as a careful and sensible driver, the likelihood of you getting into a scrape is minimal, but you must always consider that for every driver like you, there’s someone else on the road who might cause problems. If you have already planned for an emergency at home, it’s now time to prepare for an accident on the road, even if you hope that one will never happen.
If an Accident Happens
The first thing you must do after an accident is to stop the car safely if you have not already come to a halt. Never leave the scene of an accident you are involved with.
You must establish any injuries caused to yourself or the others involved. Even if everyone looks okay, there could be internal injuries to watch out for, especially in young children. If anyone is bleeding or shows signs of injury, call 911 immediately.
Even in a minor accident, you will need to contact the police to file a report.
If you do suffer any injuries from a car accident you will have to decide if you need a personal injury lawyer. It may be that you are forced to take a few days off work in order to recover or perhaps you require specialist treatment to restore you to full health. Even minor injuries can be awarded compensation, so it is worth looking into.
With this in mind, you mustn’t put off your insurance claim – get straight onto them and report the incident. Some insurance companies have time limits on claims after accidents so this really should be your priority after establishing that everyone is okay. Once your claim is in, don’t be afraid to stay on top of their progress, especially if the money you are expecting is going to have immediate positive effects. They should be there to look after you in a crisis so make sure you get everything you need from them.
Travelling Safely With Kids
Most cars are now designed to crumple upon impact, reducing the pressure on passengers and saving lives. This means that while your car will probably be a write-off, anyone inside will be much better off for it. However, there is only so much the car can do for you and some safety features rely on your input.
Young children should sit in the back of the car in a suitable car seat, installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. There are a lot of different car seats to choose from ranging from carriers for newborns right up to booster seats for school-age kids. Make sure you use the right seat for your child to offer them the best protection.
Your seat belt is probably the thing that is most likely to keep you safe in an accident. It holds you in place so that you can’t be propelled out of the vehicle but also so that passengers won’t crash into each other. Just one passenger not wearing a seatbelt can kill. Many people forget just how effective this simple bit of material can be but if you instill it’s importance in your children from a young age, they will be much safer for it.
The car is just one of those places where siblings can’t get along. It’s too tempting when you’re in the backseat to start a fight or be too boisterous. This sort of behaviour isn’t just annoying, it could also cause an accident if you are distracted by it. Make sure you impress upon your kids the importance of sitting calmly and quietly in the car. If you have to, then pull over in a safe place until your kids are ready to behave. Don’t turn around to them while you are still moving!
No one likes to think about the potential for accidents or their repercussions but just following these safety suggestions and knowing what to do should the worst occur will be of great help and reassurance. And kids who understand safety from a young age will grow up to be responsible drivers themselves.
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