Child Safety | Virginia Personal Injury Blog
Have you noticed that your child has outgrown most of his clothes and shoes lately? Or perhaps she has trouble fitting into her car seat?
Depending on your child’s height, weight, and age, it may be time to upgrade to a booster seat.
Last month, we at GibsonSingleton wrote about how to use a rear-facing car seat for infants and toddlers. But what about when your child outgrows that and starts preschool?
By as early as two-years-old, your child may be ready to switch to a front-facing seat. Using one can be confusing though. That’s why we have another guide – to help make sure your child fits snuggly into his seat and is safe wherever you go.
Bringing home your first baby from the hospital can be scary. What parent hasn’t felt unprepared to care for a precious new life?
Along the way, choosing and installing your baby’s first car seat can also feel daunting. All the options available are overwhelming, and figuring out how to install and use one properly can seem like a job for a rocket scientist.
As parents ourselves, we at GibsonSingleton remember those “new baby” days well. So, we want to help parents and caregivers out by sharing some useful tips about keeping your infant safe in the car.
We are pleased to announce our fall “Car Seats for Kids” giveaway campaign to help keep more children safe in Virginia. In lieu of our annual coat drive, we are offering this “touchless” contest and informational campaign to support the safety of local families.
Keep your little goblins and yourself safe this year!
It’s fall, ya’ll, on the Middle Peninsula—a beautiful time of year. The leaves are changing, and there’s a chill in the air.
It’s also the time when the line between “fright” and “fun” can get blurred. Yes, Halloween is right around the corner, and visions of candy corn, caramel apples, and jack-o-lanterns are dancing in our children’s heads.
The most precious cargo you will ever carry in your car is a child.
My wife and I have (thankfully) just finished the car seat and booster stage with our twins, but we know how much work it is. We’ve written several blogs in the past encouraging parents to ensure their car seats are in good working order, because when used correctly, child safety restraints reduce the risk of injuries to children by 70 to 80 percent.
It’s a great but dangerous time to be a kid. With school, more children are out and about—walking, skateboarding, riding bikes, and crossing streets. Unfortunately, when children do these things, they have a greater risk of being injured or killed by drivers.
This is a real concern in Virginia: we had the third-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for children (age 19 and under) in the United States in 2015! All drivers need to be reminded that more children are out during the summer, and to SLOW DOWN and PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE.
If you’re like most parents (including us!), you always worry a little when you’re separated from your children. For many of us, letting go of our child’s hand and watching him or her board a school bus for the first time is a moment you remember.
“We’re just going around the corner.” “We’ll be right back.” “We’re almost home.” These are just a few of the reasons people use for not buckling children into car seats—or buckling their own seat belts.
A Pennsylvania mother is thankful she didn’t make any of those excuses when she picked up her children—a 6-week-old and a 3-year-old—from preschool.
The waning days of summer are here, and soon Virginia’s air will turn a bit cooler. We all know what that means—time for the kids to go back to school!
If you have children (like we do), it’s up to you to get them ready. This means buying new school uniforms or clothes, plus other supplies like backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, and the list seems to go on and on!
But what a lot of parents don’t think about supplying their children with is knowledge about safety when traveling to and from school. We hope these checklists will help you help them learn more!
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.