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Troubling facts about vehicle crashes involving children

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2022 | Car Accidents |

The top priority for all parents is keeping their children safe from harm. Parents usually succeed in protecting their kids from severe injuries, but a traffic accident can change everything.

According to data obtained in 2019, most children in the U.S. survive motor vehicle accidents. However, they still remain at risk of serious injuries and death.

More statistics to consider

U.S. child traffic deaths decreased by 13% between 2010 and 2019. The injury rate for kids in vehicle accidents also fell in the same time frame. Although these decreases are promising, it’s important to note the following statistics from 2019:

  • About 5% of cyclist traffic fatalities involved children.
  • Every day, about 500 kids were injured in traffic accidents
  • About 1,053 traffic death victims were kids age 14 and younger.
  • Approximately 183,000 children suffered injuries in vehicle crashes
  • More than half of the kids riding with drivers who were not wearing seatbelts were also unrestrained.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that safety restraints can reduce the risk of injury in kids by up to 82%. Unfortunately, many people fail to correctly install or use car seats, booster seats and other restraints. You can improve your child’s vehicle accident survivability by learning how to implement these safety tools correctly.

When a crash injures your child, you need financial compensation to facilitate their recovery. With knowledge of Maryland accident and injury compensation laws, you can feel confident that your accident claim addresses all the harm your child suffered.