THE MINNESOTA PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM AT SCHMIDT SALITA LAW TEAM CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THIS ARTICLE REGARDING MINNESOTA CHILD PASSENGER VEHICLE SAFETY RECENTLY POSTED BY THE GOVERNORS HIGHWAY SAFETY ASSOCIATION.
MINNESOTA CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY
The first car seats were invented in 1921, following the introduction of Ford’s Model T. The earliest versions were essentially sacks with a drawstring attached to the back seat.
In 1971, the federal government established minimum standards for child safety seats and restraint systems to reduce the number of children killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes. Today all states and territories have child passenger safety laws, although requirements of the laws vary widely.
Traffic safety groups agree that a strong child passenger safety law should:
- Cover all children up to age 16 in all seating positions
- Be primary enforcement
- Require all children to be in age- and size-appropriate restraint systems (infant, child safety seat, booster seat)
- Require children younger than 13 to be properly secured in rear seats (provided the vehicle has them), unless all available rear seats are in use by children younger than 13
- Apply to all vehicles equipped with seat belts; no vehicles (such as pickup trucks, taxis, or rental cars) should be exempt
- Make the driver responsible for restraint use by children under 16, regardless of the relationship to the child
- Allow passengers to ride only in seating areas equipped with seat belts and prohibit passengers in the cargo areas of pickup trucks
- Assure children with special needs use proper restraints
- Contain no exemptions, such as: allowing children to be unsecured if all seat belts are in use; attending to the personal needs of the child; medical waivers; out-of-state vehicles; and or drivers who are not the vehicle owner or who are not related to the child
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers compensation , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices offer handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.