West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney David Glatthorn Discusses Article about Changes to Florida Child Car Seat Safety Laws

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New laws requiring children ages 4 and 5 to be fastened in a booster seat should serve as a reminder for parents to check child car seats for safety issues, according to West Palm Beach car accident attorney David Glatthorn.

It’s important for parents of 4- and 5-year-olds to know that booster seats are now required in Florida. They also may want to continue using the booster seat after those ages.

Commenting on a WFLA article detailing changes to Florida’s car seat safety laws, West Palm Beach car accident lawyer David Glatthorn today stressed the importance of ensuring children affected by the law are safely fastened in car seats free of manufacturing defects and other product safety issues.

Glatthorn, sole practitioner at David Glatthorn Law, based his comments on a December 29 article titled “Florida is toughening its child-seat safety law.” The article details changes to Florida’s car seat safety laws that now require 4- and 5-year-old children to be fastened in a booster seat. Previously, children 4 and older could legally use regular seatbelts. The law went into effect Jan. 1.

“As the news report points out, Florida has some of the weakest child safety seat laws in the United States, so these changes are a step in the right direction,” Glatthorn said. “It’s important for parents of 4- and 5-year-olds to know that booster seats are now required in Florida. They also may want to continue using the booster seat after those ages. The recommendation is that a child should stay in the booster seat until he or she is at least 4 feet 9 inches.”

Glatthorn added: “With the new year and changes to the law, now is a good time for parents to look for any potential problems with their child’s safety seat and research whether the particular seat has been subject to product recalls or pose any type of safety threat to children.”

Visit safercar.gov to search for recalls: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/childseat.cfm.

Officials from AAA told WFLA that during the month of January, the organization would be giving away free booster seats to parents of children ages 4 and over. Drivers could get a three point moving violation for not abiding to the new law, according to the article.

Glatthorn said anyone whose child is injured in a car accident because of negligence of another driver or a car seat manufacturer should seek the advice of legal counsel. An attorney can help pursue compensation for losses and hold the negligent party accountable.

About Attorney David J. Glatthorn
David Glatthorn is the sole practitioner at his West Palm Beach law firm. He handles cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, negligent security, wrongful death and other personal types of personal injury cases, including dog bites. David Glatthorn graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida in 1977 and a J.D. with honors from Florida State University School of Law in 1980. He has proudly served victims of personal injuries since 1980.

Attorney Glatthorn is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for the 1% of lawyers nationwide who have received a verdict or settlement worth $1 million or more. In addition, David Glatthorn is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer, a distinction achieved by only 4% of Florida attorneys.

For a free case consultation, call (561) 659-1999. To find out more about David Glatthorn, visit http://www.davidglatthornlaw.com.

David Glatthorn Law is located at 506 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

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