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When you choose a daycare in Flagstaff, child injuries are the last thing on your mind. But as Arizona child injury attorneys with years of experience in handling children’s accident cases, we know all too well how common it is for a child to be hurt while in a daycare facility. This doesn’t mean that you should lock your children away at home, however. Ask your day care questions. Ensure that your daycare:

  • Has properly sealed off or blocked all stairwells;
  • Does not have furniture that could be easily climbed or tipped over;
  • Does not have loose-lying cords around the floors;
  • Cleans up toys regularly;
  • Maintains rugs, carpeting, and other flooring to ensure safety and to reduce trip hazards; and
  • Has a safety plan in place to handle choking, broken toys, and other hazards.

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Although we have 30 years combined experience as Phoenix car accident attorneys, we were still shocked to hear about the serious collision that occurred on March 4, according to CBS 5. The Phoenix crash occurred when two cars collided near the intersection of Buckeye Road and 75th Avenue. At least one car struck a traffic pole and fire hydrant, breaking the hydrant and causing a flood in the street and at surrounding businesses. The crash also caused a 4-year-old girl to be ejected from the one of the involved vehicles, sustaining serious injuries. The drivers of both vehicles also sustained injuries. Our hearts are with the victims of this crash and their families and we hope that each of them experiences a speedy and stress-free recovery.

How to Avoid Becoming a Phoenix Car Accident Statistic

This Phoenix car accident is one of more than 29,000 collisions that occur in the city each year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Nearly one-third of collisions in Phoenix each year cause injuries to the people involved. Additionally, ADOT reports that every year, children under the age of 14 account for nearly 4,000 injuries caused by car crashes. While not every collision can be prevented, here are some safety tips that may help reduce auto accident child injuries.

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As child injury lawyers in Arizona, we have a few tips that may help children avoid being injured at day care centers. Of course, this is not to say that if these tips are followed that children will never be injured at the facility. Unfortunately, many children are seriously injured each year while in the care of day care centers that parents trust to watch and protect their children.

Arizona Day Care InjuryTips for Preventing Injury

Parents should receive reports from the day care center about their children. Having reports on how your children are doing each day will help to ensure that the facility staff are paying attention to the environment and the general safety of the children. Parents should make sure that the facility is always available for conversations. If new play equipment comes into the school, it is always a good idea for the parents to be aware of the play structures and to decide if the equipment is safe.

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As lawyers who work on child injury claims in Arizona, it is important to let guardians and parents know that they should ask the providers at their child care what policies they have implemented to prevent serious injuries to your child. Questions that are important to ask are what are the credentials of the staff members and how many staff members are at the facility each day. There should be a designated number of staff members to a certain amount of children. Also, each staff member should know their role at the facility and which children they are responsible for to make sure that no child injuries occur while they are supervising young children. Ask the child care director what policies have been implemented to make sure that the environment is safe.

For instance, what is the rule for safety measures for:

  • Swimming pools
  • Small objects
  • Using scissors
  • Playing on play equipment
  • Playing outside if there are rocks or sand
  • Climbing over gates
  • Children fighting
  • Hot appliances

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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.

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One major concern of every parent is how to keep their kids from injuries. Car crashes are one of one of the leading cause of deaths among children. Therefore it is quite difficult to keep our children safe even within the boundaries our own homes. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention also revealed that more children ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury.

Did you know that 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments every hour due to injuries sustained in car crashes? In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34. In 2009, reported fatal car crash fatalities reaching up to 820 were from ages 9 and below.

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Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem in the United States. Pedestrian deaths and injuries in the country reach up to approximately 5,000 pedestrian fatalities and 64,000 injuries in motor vehicle accidents every year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a total 4,092 pedestrian fatalities in 2009, a decline of about 300 from 2008. These recent pedestrian death statistics account for 12 percent of the total traffic fatalities of 2009. Pedestrian accidents usually occur in urban areas due to higher pedestrian activities and greater volumes of traffic as compared to rural areas.

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Vehicles should be taken care of by the owners whose responsibility is to make sure that their cars are always properly maintained and owners need to have and follow an auto safety checklist. Cars require frequent tune-ups and check-ups too. One of the problems that arise in vehicles is their radiators, which may leak. Leaking radiators can cause a vehicle to overheat and may cause a fire in the car. If the leaking radiator gets onto the skin, it could cause burns. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on non-crash injuries lists Radiator/Antifreeze burns as one of the top causes of injury.

In Phoenix, a child was injured due to a radiator leak from a school bus (ABC15 08/07/2011). Two buses were on a field trip when the radiator in one of the buses leaked. Police say that the radiator fluid came in contact with the ankle of one child. The child was then taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The second bus continued with the field trip.

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In the United States, injury and violence are considered to be serious threats to our children’s health and well-being. Children and adolescents are at high risk for many injuries that can lead to death or disability.

According to the research from1987 to 2004 (safekids.org), child injuries acquired from motor vehicle crashes lead the list of unintentional injury and deaths among children ages 14 and below – second is drowning. Meanwhile, deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury (Runyan 2004). In fact, costs of this type of accident were: $3 billion fatal fire and burn injuries, $1 billion for hospitalized fire and burn injuries, and $3 billion non-hospitalized fire and burn injuries.

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Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. The CDC says that every day, three children die as a result of drowning. It is the leading cause of injury or death in children aged 1-4 years old. Perhaps this is because when families go to the beach or the pool, injuries are not the first things that come to mind.

In Queen Creek, Arizona, a 2-year-old boy was found nearly drowning in just about 9 inches of water in a kiddie pool (KPHO 5/2/2011). Officials say that the mother and her children were playing in the front yard. When they went inside, they realized that the youngest wasn’t with them. They found the child in the kiddie pool. He was then airlifted to the hospital, in extremely critical condition.

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