The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, regularly puts out reports relating to different issues regarding safety in the United States. One of the agency’s more recent releases involves the relative level of safety experienced by children as they ride in vehicles as passengers. Overall, there is some positive news in this latest report, but there are still many troubling facts present that can make it difficult to accept that everyone is doing what they need to do before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle with children in a car, truck or SUV.
A full copy of this new report from the CDC can be found here, but below are 5 facts regarding the safety of children as they ride in vehicles in the United States:
The first fact to pull from the report can only be considered good news – the number of children 12 years old and younger who were killed annually in car accidents in the United States has dropped by a factor of 43 percent over the last decade. That is probably due to several factors including advancing equipment and advancing awareness by adults who are driving.
Despite that good news, the raw numbers are still very troubling. Over the last decade, more than 9,000 children who were 12 years old and younger at the time have been killed in car accidents in the United States. That’s approximately 900 per year or more than two children every single day who have been killed.
Approximately one-third of all children who died in car accidents in 2011 were not properly secured in their vehicles at the time. Either they were not in car seats when they should have been, they were not properly secured in their car seats or they were not wearing seatbelts. Parents need to make sure that they are protecting their children when driving.
Of the children who have been killed in car accidents, a higher percentage of those between the ages of 8 and 12 (45 percent) were not properly secured as opposed to those who were 8 and younger, where one-third were not properly protected.
Only two states – Wyoming and Tennessee – have laws on the books requiring a car seat or booster for children up to 8 years old. The rest of the country has lower age limits. It should not take the presence of a law for parents to protect their children.
As can be seen from the CDC report, a 43-percent drop in annual child deaths in car accidents over a decade is positive in nature, but there is still much work to be done. If you have a child or children, make sure that they are safe when you get behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a negligent driver, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.