Did you know that injuries from car accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 150 children between 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments due to traffic-related accidents every hour, and more children from ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries as compared from any other type of injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System reported that the total number of fatalities of children ages 15 and below was 1,538 in 2009. Although that is 100 fatalities less than 2008, the number is still alarming. In Arizona, 50 out of the 807 fatalities in 2009 were children ages 15 and below.
On Sunday evening, an 8-year old girl from Queen Creek was injured after she was run over by her father’s car (KPHO 02/06/11). Authorities said that the girl lost her grip and fell after grabbing her father’s truck while he was pulling out of the driveway.
The girl was taken to a care facility with broken ribs and then to a hospital.
Parents play a vital role in protecting their children not only against traffic injuries on the road but also within the premises of their own homes. As parents of eight ourselves, we are constantly on the lookout for potential hazards. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided some protective tips for parents to apply while in the car with their children:
Know the Stages
• Typically, babies should be placed in rear facing car seats until they are at least 1 year old and weigh 20 pounds.
• When babies move into front-facing car seats, they should remain in these seats until they are at least 4 years old or weigh 40 pounds.
• Children should be seated in booster seats from about age 4 to age 8, or until they reach 4’9″ tall.
• All children ages 12 and under should be seated in the back seat of vehicles.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a car crash, our free consultation line can be reached at (480) 753-4534. As Phoenix accident attorneys, we can answer your questions and hopefully help you obtain justice and rightful compensation.