Did you know that 150 children ages 19 and below are treated in hospitals every hour due to crash related injuries? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,538 children ages 15 and below were killed in fatal car crashes in 2009.
As parents, we often forget the importance of safety devices especially when it comes to our children. According to NHTSA, the use of child safety devices can decrease fatalities for babies by 71% and toddlers by 54%. Out of 762 crash-related fatalities in Arizona, children age 14 and younger accounted for 31 deaths. While 3,881 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2010.
In Maricopa, a 3-year old boy died after falling out the window of a moving vehicle on Monday around 5:30 pm (09-19-11). According to initial reports, the boy fell from the rear passenger window of a Ford Explorer on Anthony Boulevard near Bowlin Road. He and his two siblings, ages 4 and 5 were not wearing seatbelts or seated in safety seats. He was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead. The boy’s mother was driving the SUV when the tragic incident happened. There is no question that this is a tragic event and a traumatic experience for everyone. Our hearts go out to the family of this little boy.
Parents play a vital role in protecting their children from motor vehicle injuries and fatalities. Safety devices are not only for adults. Child safety seats, booster seats are two of the best protective measures for children depending on theirs age. Babies weighing 20 pounds are placed in rear-facing car seats while toddlers weighing 40 pounds are placed in front-facing car seats. Children ages 4 to 8 years old with a maximum height of 4’9” should be in booster seats. Lastly, children who are not more than 12-years old should be in the back seat.
Our Arizona child injury attorneys at The Breyer Law Offices P.C. have experience in helping child victims of motor vehicle accidents and their families. It is important to seek the assistance of attorneys with credible experience in handling car accident injury claims. Contact us at 602-457-6222 to speak with a highly qualified personal injury lawyer.