Sometimes the most dangerous place for a child is the home. Not only are there poorly manufactured toys posing choking hazards, numerous household chemicals that could pose permanent damage, but it is also where most back-over car accidents happen.
Safe Kids USA found that about 2,500 children every year are involved in non-fatal back-over accidents, 47% of which happen in their own driveway (2009). Nearly 50% of the children injured are boys aged 1 to 4 years old.
A Tucson family is mourning the loss of their 2 year old son, who was killed in a back-over accident at his grandparents’ house (ABC 15 11/8/10). The boy’s grandfather was backing a truck out of the driveway on Monday and was fatally injured, dying the same day.
Our thoughts are with the family of this small child at this unimaginably difficult time.
To prevent back-over accidents at your home, always be sure to:
1. Remove all items of interest to the child from around and under the car; such as toys, chalk, or pets.
2. Physically walk around the car before getting in and starting it to make sure there are no children near.
3. Designate a “Safe spot” in the yard, sidewalk, or driveway, that is clearly visible to drivers for children to wait in if cars are pulling in or out of the driveway.
If your child has been injured in a car accident, please give us a call today. We are parents ourselves and we understand how difficult it must be for you. We also are experienced child injury attorneys and we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today at (480) 753-4534.