Keeping kids safe… when the car isn’t moving

Do you know what a “non-traffic motor vehicle accident” is?  Most people think of car crashes that cause injuries and fatalities on the road, but they don’t think about accidents caused by backovers, frontovers, and power windows.

On February 28, 2008 President Bush signed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act into law.  Parents and safety advocates hope that this new law will have two effects.  First, the government is now required to research and produce public education materials on non-traffic accidents involving vehicle blind spots, power windows, and brake transmission shift interlocks.  Second, the federal government will now be required to collect and share information about non-traffic accidents, which is not done currently done.

This new law closes a gap in the DOT and NHTSA coverage of motor vehicle accidents.  Up until the passage of this law, injuries and accidents from non-traffic accidents were tracked primarily by a non-profit group, Kids and Cars.  However, without a law requiring collection of such statistics, there is no way to know how many of these accidents really happen every year.  Kids and Cars suspect that the numbers they’ve collected over the years are much lower than they are in reality.

We hope this new law meets its intended goals – to prevent the needless accidents and injuries that happen every year in non-traffic auto accidents.

Virginia Car Accident Lawyers

Selecting the right Virginia personal injury lawyer for your case may be easier than you expect. Most car accident law firms offer free consultations for new clients. You can schedule your appointment, meet with a lawyer, and explain your situation without paying a cent. In the consultation appointment, you’ll have the chance to hear initial advice and recommendations on how to move forward with your claim.

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped car accident victims for over 33 years. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, contact us for a free consultation.