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New Illinois law serves to protect children in cars

When someone is hurt, there is always the desire to blame someone. Some accidents cannot be attributed to a person's legal responsibility, or in some cases, the blame would rest with the victim of the injury. But some laws exist simply to show guidelines for behavior that would not make a person liable.

Illinois' state government passed a law that just took effect regarding rear-facing car seats. Children in moving cars will require devices that reverse their direction in the front passenger or back seat of cars in Illinois. This law applies to children up to 2 years of age, 40 pounds of weight or 40 inches of height.

This is a law based on advice from child safety advocates, who suggested building on the current requirement of some sort of child restraints for passengers up to 8 years of age.

"There's always been some confusion out there," said one Illinois-based personal injury attorney. "This at least provides consistency and clarity for pediatricians, the public and manufacturers."

The Illinois State Police will enforce fines for violations of the new child seat law, with increased penalties for multiple violations. Failure to properly secure children could also lead to other legal liabilities.

Victims or relatives of victims of personal injuries because of negligent behavior, manufacturing or other reasons may have a case for financial damages to help people and their families through recovery. An attorney can help judge the evidence surrounding an injury and recommend the right path forward to a legal solution.

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