Child Car Seat Lawyers Serving FL & GA

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We know that the safety of your kids is your number one priority, especially when traveling in the car. A car seat should perform the vital function of protecting your children in case of an accident. However, when parents use the wrong type of car seat, use a defective car seat, or install it improperly, the consequences can be serious or even fatal. Buckling up is essential to keeping your children safe on the road.

At Farah & Farah, our experienced child car seat lawyers understand that protecting your child from harm is critical. We know the ins-and-outs of car seat laws in Florida & Georgia. If your child was wrongfully injured from a car seat defect or failure, contact us for a free case review today. 

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Following Car Seat Laws in Your State

A car seat is the easiest way to keep your child safe in case of a car crash. In order to secure your child effectively, proper installation and use are crucial. The best way to buckle up your child is by using the LATCH system. It stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, and the system is made to install a car seat without a seatbelt. Most car seats and vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2002, are required to support the LATCH system.

Car seat laws also vary between locations, so it’s important to be aware of the laws in your home state. Here are some car seat laws and guidelines for Florida and Georgia.

Car Seat Laws in Florida

When traveling with young children in the state of Florida, be aware that car seat laws are quite strict. Some of the legal requirements for using a car seat include:

Violations of these laws may result in a $60 fine and three points on your driver’s license. These points may be waived in court if you attend a child restraint safety course.

Car Seat Laws in Georgia

The state of Georgia requires all children under the age of 8 to ride in a car seat installed in the back seat. Parents should closely follow the car seat manufacturer’s guidelines for the height and weight of their child. Other requirements include:

Violations of these laws may result in a $50 fine and a point on your driver’s license for every child who is not using the proper child restraint system.

How Car Seat Laws Come Into Play In An Accident

The states of Florida and Georgia have different ways of handling car seat accident cases in court. Here are the main differences:

Florida Car Seat Cases

According to Florida car seat laws, failing to use a car seat isn’t admissible evidence for negligence. If you or your child were injured in a car accident, you can’t have improper child restraint held against you in court.

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Georgia Car Seat Cases

According to Georgia car seat laws, if you were in an accident involving a defective car seat or negligent driver, you may be able to claim compensation.

If you didn’t use a car seat and your child was injured, you may be able to get compensation if the other driver is at fault. However, it may decrease the amount of money you can recover. If the court finds that your kid’s injuries would be less severe with the use of a car seat, you will get less compensation. Alternatively, if your child’s injuries were unrelated to car seat use, it should not affect your claim in court. 

Even if your car seat appears undamaged after an accident, you must replace it. These seats can get small fractures that may compromise the safety of the device. When replacing a car seat after an accident that was not your fault, you may claim the expense as part of your damages.

Your insurance company may try to use these car seat laws against you in the claims process. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, they may not give you the compensation you really deserve.

An experienced child car seat lawyer can help you get compensation and justice for your child’s injuries. Contact us today for a free case review.

What About Defective Car Seats?

Parents should be able to trust that their chosen car seat will protect their children while traveling. Sadly, some car seats may fail as a result of the manufacturer’s negligence. Some possible injuries that may result from defective car seats include:

Some characteristics of a defective car seat include:

If your car seat has any of these issues, cease using it immediately and go to www.recalls.gov to see if your car seat model was recalled. If there has been no recall, contact the car seat manufacturer as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to report the problem. 

In the US, new car seat models come with a registration card. Before installing your car seat, fill out the card and send it to the manufacturer. This way, if the seat is recalled for any reason, you will be notified. 

If your child was injured in a car accident, you deserve justice. See how our child car seat lawyers can help you recover the maximum compensation for your family. Get a free case review from the attorneys at Farah & Farah today.

Our Child Car Seat Lawyers are Ready to Fight for You and Your Family

Knowing the principles of car seat safety is crucial for keeping your child safe in transit. Closely following car seat laws and safety measures will better protect your children from harm. However, despite a parent’s best efforts, sometimes car seats fail in an accident. After your child has been injured in an accident, you may not know where to turn.

If you and your family need assistance due to a car seat-related car accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our child car seat lawyers have a track record for winning cases and recovering millions in damages. Rest assured we will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

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