There is no cargo more precious than a child. Parents depend on child car seats to be safe and secure, but sometimes these products fall short of our expectations. When this happens, children are often hurt, and sometimes killed. Laws are in place to prevent such tragedies, but accidents do happen. These accidents can be life-changing for those involved, whether they result in death or severe permanent injury.
Illinois Child Car Seat Laws
Child car seat laws are governed by the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act (ICPPA). Failure to comply with the ICPPA is considered a petty offense, and first-time offenders are often subject to a fine. That fine may be waived by the court if you can prove that you own an approved child car seat. In Illinois, all children under eight years of age must be placed in car seats. If your vehicle only has lap belts in the back seat, and the child in question weighs more than 40lbs, it is not necessary for that child to be seated in a car seat.
In Illinois, children seven years old and younger must be in car seats, and children between eight and 15 years of age may only use adult seatbelts. Children 13 and up may sit in the front seat. However, children should not be placed in a car seat and in the front seat of a vehicle simultaneously. This is particularly hazardous, as most vehicles have active and working airbags, and in the event of an accident, the activation of an airbag in that situation can be disastrous.
Illinois Statute of Limitations on Auto Accident Litigation
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
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For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your child car seat injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.