Car Seat Giveaways

San Diego is giving away 1,944 car seats to low-income families for the fifth consecutive year. This was made possible by a grant of $245,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety as part of the state’s “Keep ‘Em Safe” program. Car accidents are a leading cause of death among children 19-years-old and below in the US.

It is certainly a smart move as car seats can reduce injuries to children involved in car accidents. Low income families can ill-afford the costs associated with a car accident even if they have the requisite insurance. Unfortunately, it does not eliminate much of the costs associated with serious injuries and property damage when a car accident occurs.

Children are especially vulnerable because aside from their medical expenses, serious injuries can lead to trauma, long-term physical and mental disability, and developmental problems. To all intents and purposes, their lives could be over or at least changed beyond recognition.

To make matters worse, many car accidents that involve children are preventable. Drivers who are reckless, distracted, or intoxicated are a danger to everyone around them, but despite the many efforts to increase awareness of the dangers they pose, there are still too many of them on the road.

A lot of focus has been brought on drunk driving and truck drivers that have violated hours-of-service regulations, but there are still no effective laws to prevent people from texting or otherwise using their handheld devices while driving. The fact that they are not intoxicated does not change the force of a car or truck colliding on a pedestrian or another vehicle. When it comes down to brass tacks, the results are the same.

If your child has been seriously injured in a negligent car accident, you have a right to demand compensation. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area to find out more.