Car seat laws in Florida require children aged 5 and under to be fully restrained in a secure and federally approved device. As the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) shows, children aged 0 to 3 years must be in child restraint devices of a separate carrier, or “a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.”
Finding the proper car seat or restraint device can be challenging, but it can save the life of your child. The FLHSMV suggests finding a car seat that meets the following criteria:
- The seat fits your car
- The seat fits your child
- The seat is easy to use correctly every time
Improperly securing your child in a car seat can cost you
Drivers who fail to properly secure their children before driving may face a variety of legal problems. If you are in an accident with another party, and you did not secure your child according to Florida state laws, then this could affect the outcome of your case.
A lawyer from our firm who focuses on car accidents and car seat laws can assist you with your case. Your lawyer will not only examine and interpret Florida state laws and federal laws, but they will also negotiate with other parties related to your case on your behalf.
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Seeking a settlement after an incident
Although car seats often prevent damage in car accidents, they are not foolproof in all accidents. As information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out, car accidents are a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 13. Numbers like these serve to emphasize the importance of proper safety measures. However, some accidents may render car seats powerless against the force of a collision.
When another driver’s negligent actions cause an accident, victims may be entitled to collect financial compensation through a settlement. Settlement amounts often vary depending on the nature, cause, and severity of the accident. Car seat laws can also impact a victim’s settlement amounts. Potentially recoverable damages that may be awarded to you after a car accident include:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of income
- Psychological and emotional harm
- Vehicle damage
- Medical bills
- Continued care and rehabilitation
The advantages of working with a lawyer from our firm
As the statute of limitations explains in Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a), when you suffer a personal injury in the state of Florida, you are subject to a limited period within which you may take legal action. Victims are permitted to pursue justice by seeking legal counsel and building up a case. However, they must take these actions within the statute of limitations put forth by the state.
Failing to be proactive may leave you with no ability to pursue justice after an incident that results in a personal injury for you or a loved one. Once one of our lawyers takes on your case, they will investigate the accident in full. This often means they will collect various forms of evidence such as:
- Video footage
- Police reports
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Cell phone records
- Witness reports
From here, your lawyer will work to flesh out a complete picture of the accident, including the roles of any other parties. They will then examine the law and the evidence to establish a liable party. Negotiations can take some time, but your lawyer will speak with other parties such as insurance agents and drivers in their pursuit of a potential settlement.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Is here to help
Car seat laws in Florida can be difficult to assess and monitor. With so many possible situations unfolding in a car accident, victims often have trouble deciphering their role, both legally and financially. When you have a lawyer with our firm working on your case, you can rest confidently, knowing that they will defend you at every step of the way.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our attorneys are passionate about offering each one of our clients a comprehensive defense. As part of our legal services, we will examine relevant laws that may play a role in your case as we investigate the subjects of fault and liability.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront and nothing out of pocket. Also, if we do not achieve a settlement or judgment on your behalf, you pay nothing at all. If we secure a financial award for you, our fees come from your winnings.
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