As a parent, your top priority is to keep your children safe from harm. Unfortunately, any time you leave the house in a car or bicycle with your children, the negligence of other drivers can place them at risk of serious serious injuries. While you cannot prevent accidents by controlling the actions of other drivers, you can protect your child from injuries should a crash occur. One important step is choosing the right child seat.
Child Seats in Your Car
There is no doubt that the right child seat can provide protection for your child in an accident. The wrong seat, however, not only provides inadequate protection, it can also cause unnecessary injuries to your child.
As your child gets older and heavier, you will need to purchase new child seats and, each time, make certain you make the right choice. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a great resource for information regarding the right child car seats as your child grows up.
The three main types of seats are:
- Rear-facing seat
- Forward-facing seat
- Booster seat
For each of these three, you have many options, including convertible models and all-in-one seats that adapt as your child grows. Review as much information before choosing the right seat for your child’s age and weight—and always, always ensure you install the seat properly.
Child Seats for Your Bike
Many parents enjoy a good bike ride. You can take your child with you, providing quality entertainment while you get exercise. However, riding a bicycle with a child is not always an easy task. Because motor vehicle drivers may not exercise adequate caution, take care to make strong and safe decisions before setting out on a ride.
First, always ensure that your bike is compatible with the type of seat you want. Some bikes only accomodate certain child seats, while others come equipped with components that make them unsafe for any type of child carrier.
Your options include:
- Front-mounted, which rests between you and the handlebars
- Rear frame-mounted, which attaches to the frame of your bicycle behind your seat
- Rear rack-mounted, which attaches to a separate rack you mount behind your seat
- Bicycle trailer, which you tow behind your bike
Once you make a decision, always seek professional help if you are not certain how to mount the child seat. If you have questions, never hesitate to ask a professional at a bicycle shop for advice.
Contact Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer Merry Fountain for Help
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