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NHSTA Traffic Safety Facts: Children

In July of 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety issued a report summarizing traffic safety data from 2010 in regard to children.  According to the report, in 2010, there were about 61 million children 14 and younger, accounting for twenty percent of the total U.S. population at the time.

Based on the data from 2009 (the latest data available for this report), car accident crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and also for children aged 11 to 14. In 2010, there were 32,885 traffic fatalities in the country, and children 14 and under accounted for 4% (1,210) of those fatalities. This represents 8% fewer fatalities for children 14 and younger compared to 2009. For this group, 171,000 children were injured in 2010, which is a 4% decrease from the figure of 179,000 injured in 2009.

According to these numbers, in 2010 an average of 3 children 14 and younger were killed in a car accident each day; in addition, an average of 469 children 15 and under were injured every day.

Restraint use effective

According to the NHSTA report, the use of lap/shoulder seat belts in passenger cars reduce the risk of fatal injury for front-seat riders who are 5 and older by 45% and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 %. When applied to light truck occupants, the reduced risk improves to 60 and 65 percent, respectively. In addition, research has shown that when child safety seats are used properly, they reduce the risk of fatal injury to infants and toddlers by 71% and 54% respectively. In light trucks, those figures change to 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

It is estimated that 303 children under the age of 5 were saved in 2010; out of these 303, 285 were using child safety seats and the rest using seat belts.

Even when children are properly restrained in a vehicle, a vehicle collision can cause serious injuries and may even by fatal. When people are injured by another’s negligence, the responsible party or parties should be held responsible.

Contact a Fayette County car accident lawyer for a free initial consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, you should contact an experienced  Fayette County car accident attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today

at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia