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Texas Law On Booster Seats

As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer who has handled many child injury cases resulting from car wrecks and other traffic accidents in DFW, I know that children are prone to suffering very serious injuries as a result of being an occupant in a vehicle involved in an auto collision.

If your son or daughter has been injured in a car wreck in North Texas - regardless of who was driving - please contact our law firm for a free, no obligation consutlation with one of our board certified child injury lawyers so that you can be fully informed of your legal rights. Call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.

Statistics show that Texas motor-vehicle accidents account for an alarming percentage of child injuries requiring ER treatment, and are one of the main causes of child fatalities.

 

Safety Equipment for Children Riding in Automobiles

The best advice I can give you as a Fort Worth child injury attorney is to make sure that you always use the appropriate safety seat for your child’s size and weight. Standard seat belts are made for adults and requiring young children to stay in a booster-seat longer is a much safer option. Lap belts ride up and shoulder belts can cut into a child's neck and face in a car crash. Booster seats, however, help elevate small kids so that their stronger bones (like the collarbone and pelvis) take the brunt of the impact in an accident.

 

What does the law say?

Texas law regarding child safety restraints in passenger vehicles states that:

 

 “A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than eight years of age, unless the child is taller than four feet, nine inchesand does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.”

 

Get caught breaking the law and you could be fined. Click here to read the full legislative details on the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

Infants and Babies from Birth to 35 Pounds

The Texas Department of Public Safety recommends that rear-facing car seats be used for as long as possible, and always in the back seat of the car.

 

Toddlers and Infants Weighting More Than 35 Pounds

Children younger than one year old should never sit in a forward-facing car seat, and all children should remain in a backwards-facing seat for as long as possible. Even they graduate to a forward-facing seat they should remain in the back seat.

 

Children Aged Four Years Older or Weighing More Than 40 Pounds

Once your child meets these age/weight requirements, they are able to sit in an approved booster seat to be used with the standard adult lap and shoulder safety belt.

 

Graduating to an Adult Safety Belt

Children will outgrow their booster seat once they can comfortably and safely use a regular adult seat belt. DPS guidelines suggest this will usually occur once a child is 4’9” tall and/or weighs 100 lbs.

 

Other articles you might be interested in:                  

Child Injury 101

Avoid Child Injuries: Buckle Up Your Children Properly

Child Car Seat Inspection Stations in North Texas

Auto Accidents Involving Children

Passenger Rights in Texas Car Accidents

 


Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas