The importance of buckling your child into a safety or booster seat was again highlighted yesterday when a father and young child were killed after being involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Reports from Channel 21 News say that the accident happened in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, yesterday morning.
Reports from the scene of the accident say that the 25-year-old father of the child veered his pickup truck into the oncoming lanes of traffic and hit another pickup truck head-on. Officials say that the man’s child was not buckled in by a seat belt or child safety seat. Both the father and his young daughter died as a result of the crash. The driver of the pickup that was hit suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
The National Safety Council says that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 3 and 14 years old. They add that the use of child safety and booster seats can decrease those chances of death in the event of an accident by more than half. The most important thing for parents to remember is that, in order to reap the safety benefits of safety seats, they must be used properly.