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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.

Top Causes of Car Accidents

When a vehicular accident occurs, one of the first things law enforcement will do is to determine if the driver or drivers were driving while intoxicated (DWI) with alcohol or other intoxicants. This has a significant impact on whether a criminal case will be filed because DUI is automatically criminal offense. Any driver suspected of DWI in an accident, especially in states like Texas where sanctions imposed on impaired drivers are heavier than in other states, it would be wise to consult a Dallas DWI lawyer at once.

However, DWI is not the leading cause of car accidents in the US. Speeding is identified as a more frequent cause of car accidents, and ironically, it is not considered a crime to go above the legal speed limit even if it has proven to be statistically much more dangerous. In Oklahoma, you get a ticket and a fine, perhaps license suspension, and rarely, jail time up to 90 days depending on the circumstances. But it isn’t a crime per se, unless it results in serious injuries or death to a third party, in which case it becomes a homicide. Victims of a speeding accident may also have recourse to civil litigation with the assistance of an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer.

Occurring even more frequently as a cause of car accidents is distracted driving, which is not even a traffic citation in most states including Oklahoma, although it does ban drivers on a learners’ or intermediate license from using handheld devices or texting while driving. This is particularly sobering considering that the aftermath of car accidents are often life-changing, as pointed out on the website of Abel Law Firm.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident because of the negligence of the driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state for more information about how the negligent party can be compelled to make you whole again.