Child Passenger Injuries
Motor vehicle accident injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the United States between the ages of 5 and 19 and hundreds die every year. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 872 children under the age of 13 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. Of those, about 600 were passengers in motor vehicles. But the sad fact is, your child doesn’t have to be a vehicle to be in a car crash. *source
Child Pedestrian Accidents
Our kids are our most vulnerable road users. Whether they are playing, walking to school, or heading to a friends house, thousands are involved in car accidents every year. Data shows that in 2013, about 10,000 child pedestrians were injured by motor vehicles, and another 236 were killed.
Bicyclists face constant danger on the road, and it’s no different for children. About 52 young bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents and an estimated 5,000 more were injured. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 face the highest risk of fatal car crashes.
All vehicles have zones around them where a driver who is backing up can not see, even with properly positioned mirrors or when turning and looking. This blind zone is an average of 25 feet behind the vehicle but can be much larger depending on the size of the driver and the vehicle. On average, 13,000 children are injured in backover accidents each year, and another 200 children are killed. Sadly, in 70 percent of backover accidents, a parent or relative is driving. *source
Seat belt and Airbag Injuries
There’s no question that seat belts, airbags, and child safety seats save countless lives every year. Children who are placed in adult seat belts instead of a car seat or booster seat may suffer significant injuries in an accident from the belt itself or the force of airbag deployment.
An average of 37 children die every year after suffering heatstroke from being left in a vehicle. In fact, more than 700 children have died in this way over the past 19 years. More than half of these children were “forgotten” by a parent or caregiver, and 28 percent were playing in an unattended vehicle. *sourcevehicle by an adult. *source
If your child suffered injury in a motor vehicle accident, contact us today. We hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions, and we fight to get you the justice you deserve.