Getting your child a car seat isn’t enough to protect them during a ride. You have to know how to correctly fasten them, too. Recently, Rebecca Tafaro Boyer, a nurse from Memphis, Tennessee has shared a nightmarish car crash story, proving parents can never let their guard down.
“[My husband], David, was traveling eastbound across an overpass at nearly fifty miles an hour when a woman traveling westbound crossed over three lanes of traffic in an effort to make a left turn onto an exit ramp located to my husbands right,”. “She clearly didn’t have enough time as he hit the front passenger side of her vehicle. We later found out that she had no license or insurance, and that this was her third offense driving without a license.”
David hit the brakes so hard, he fractured the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsals of his right foot. Luckily, he won’t need surgery. He isn’t allowed to walk on his right foot for the next 6-8 weeks, though. But their son, William, probably had his guardian angel on duty.
“William was completely uninjured during the crash,” Rebecca added. In fact, he didn’t even wake up from his nap. The parents, however, did everything in their power to make him the safest kid on the road. “I am a former NICU nurse so I knew lots of car seat basics, but in preparation for William’s arrival, we attended a child safety class prior to his birth that covered everything from CPR to car seats. Additionally, we spent some time reading our manual when the car seat arrived.”
“I wouldn’t say that we have become scared of car rides,” the mom said. “I don’t think it’s worth living in fear over something that can happen at any time and any place. But it certainly has reinforced that it is so important to strap William incorrectly every single time, even when driving half a mile down the road.”