Many states, including Georgia, require that a child under a certain age or weight sit in a car seat or booster seat. This is because car seats and booster seats have been shown effective in preventing injury and death to children involved in car accidents. For infants under a year old, a car seat can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. For children aged 1 to 4, the risk of death is reduced by 54%. For children 4-8 years old, booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45%.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a child was critically hurt in a wreck in Atlanta.
The accident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday on Northside Drive at 10th Street.
According to Atlanta Police, they do not believe that the child was properly secured in a child seat. The police said that the car carrying the 5-month-old that was critically injured failed to yield as it made a left-hand turn from Northside Drive onto 10th Street.
The car turned into the path of another vehicle, which T-boned the turning vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was not badly hurt and did not need to go to the hospital.
The driver of the car that failed to yield was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. The infant, along with a 3-year-old in the vehicle were taken to Egleston along with the critically injured 5-month-old baby.
Police reviewed surveillance tape to try and determine the cause of the crash, but no further details have been released.
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