Child safety seats in Maryland
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages three to 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2009 alone, over 1,300 children age 14 and younger died in collisions and another 179,000 suffered injury. The loss and injury of children is unimaginable to parents, friends, and community.
Maryland Child Passenger Safety laws are clear—all children under eight years of age must use an appropriate restraint unless of a certain height or weight. All children from eight to 16 not in safety seat must wear a seatbelt.
Our firm has decades of practice handling lawsuits in the aftermath of frightening and tragic accidents where a child is injured or killed. We tenaciously investigate these cases and pursue compensation for harm resulting from defective products, playground incidents, dog bites, and other accidents. We understand firsthand the need for child safety seats, even when driving down the block. Consider these points:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report child safety seats saved the lives of 244 children in 2008, reducing the risk of death for infants by 71 percent.
- All children age 13 or younger should ride in the back seat—not in front facing an airbag.
- The middle back seat is the safest in a car.
- If riding with others, make sure your safety seat goes with your child.
Sometimes accidents cannot be avoided—but injuries can. Buckle up every time and keep precious cargo safe.