When hitting the open road, it is important that all children in the vehicle who should be buckled in with a car seat are done so safely. Unfortunately, it is quite common for parents to make mistakes when it comes to the selection of a car seat or actually buckling the child in. Read on to learn more about some of the basics associated with this process.

The choice of car seat depends on the age and size of the child. Under the age of two, a rear-facing seat should be used. Facing the car seat in the wrong direction could expose the child to critical injuries in the event of a car accident. After age two, a booster seat is appropriate for the child.

When the child has surpassed the need for the rear-facing car seat, a parent is presented with the choice between the 3-in-1 seat and the convertible rear to front seat appropriate for the older child. Using thinner clothing layers while the child is buckled in are important for limiting compression and ensuring maximum safety. When transporting the car seat in and out of a vehicle, always do a check to ensure that all buckles and straps are properly reattached. Make sure this happens every time the seat is transferred and upon the installation of a new seat.

When installing a new car seat for the first time, it is recommended that you read both the safety manual that comes with the seat and also locate a video online of how to install and use it safely. What seems like small mistakes on installation can lead to big injuries in the event of a car crash, so it pays to understand fully how the car seat works and what you can do as a parent to decrease accident likelihood. If you have been involved in an accident, however, you may have legal means of recourse. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, NY accident attorney who has helped recover millions for his clients in the past. You may be eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering, even for an infant, medical bills and lost wages. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person consultation with Mr. Lutzky. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky’s areas of practice.