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Ways to keep your children safe

By Ken Gibson on April 30, 2024

My law partner, John, and I are both dads, and the well-being of our children is a top priority, even though John’s boys are all grown up now.

All parents have a duty to watch over their kids, and my wife and I take that responsibility seriously, as we know you do, too. We get to know our children’s friends, and we meet the parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults in their lives. Like you, we spend as much time with our children as possible. But we know we can’t always be there, and we realize other adults also supervise our kids.

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Is my child ready for a booster seat?

By Beth Gibson on December 1, 2020

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.

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How do I keep my preschooler safe in a front-facing car seat?

By Beth Gibson on November 1, 2020

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.

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How can I make sure my baby is safe in the car?

By Beth Gibson on October 1, 2020

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.

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Enter to win our “Car Seats for Kids” giveaway and learn more about keeping kids safe on the road

By Beth Gibson on September 16, 2020

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys John Singleton and Ken Gibson are giving away top-rated car seats in October, November, and December. To enter each month, visit our Facebook page,, and nominate yourself or someone else who has children or is expecting a baby. We will also provide more safety tips on our website each month.

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.

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10 Halloween safety tips from our family to yours

By Ken Gibson on October 29, 2018

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.

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Has your child’s booster seat been recalled?

By Ken Gibson on September 13, 2018

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.

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How to teach your kids pedestrian safety

By Ken Gibson on August 10, 2018

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.

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Can we help our children be safer in and around school buses?

By Ken Gibson on December 4, 2017

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.

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One mother’s story: Take the time to save a child’s life

By Ken Gibson on October 17, 2017

“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.

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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.