Guide to Commuting Safely with a Baby on Board - Catalano Law

Guide to Commuting Safely with a Baby on Board

For many parents, the first car ride home with their newborn is a mixed bag of emotions, ranging from joy to anxiety. It’s a journey filled with various responsibilities, including ensuring their safety when riding in a car on New York roads and highways.

New York has rules that guide parents and guardians on securing their little ones while traveling in a car. These regulations mandate car seats or boosters for children up to 8 years of age.

Understanding these laws, ensuring your child is in a suitable car seat, and taking proactive measures can help you prevent accidents and minimize injuries if a collision occurs.

Understanding New York’s Car Seat Laws

The New York DMV lists the state’s car seat laws for children 8 and under. According to the law, parents or guardians must ensure the following:

The state requires that all car seats comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.

Selecting the Appropriate Car Seat for Your Baby

When used correctly, car seats can reduce an infant’s risk of fatal injury by 71%. Unfortunately, around 46% of car seats are used incorrectly, which can mean they are the wrong size, outdated, or don’t meet FMCSA standards.

For babies, consider the following when choosing a car seat:

Avoiding Distractions While Driving

Driving requires undivided attention, especially when you have precious cargo on board. It can be distressing to hear your baby crying from the back seat, but trying to address it while driving can injure both of you. Instead, do the following to minimize distractions or help your baby without putting either of you in danger:

Tips to Remember Your Baby

As unthinkable as it might seem, parents or caregivers may unintentionally forget an infant in the car, especially those who are sleep-deprived or out of their routine. These oversights can have tragic consequences, especially in extreme temperatures, with an average of 38 children under 15 dying yearly in the U.S. 

To prevent this tragedy, take the following steps as part of your car safety routine:

Keep Your Child Safe On New York Roads

Parenting comes with many responsibilities, and ensuring safe car travel is a top priority. It’s not just about adhering to New York’s stringent rules; it’s about taking extra steps to ensure your baby’s safe and comfortable.

If you or your child is hurt in a collision, speak to one of our compassionate car accident attorneys at Catalano Law. We can help you determine a fair settlement for your injuries and seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident.

Contact us today to set up a free consultation for your case.

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