Car Accidents Leading Cause of Child Death in St. Louis, Missouri
Posted on February 18th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Car accidents are the leading cause of death in children between the ages of two and 14 According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, approximately 250,000 children are hurt in auto accidents annually. Of those injured, about 2,000 die, making car accidents the leading cause of death for children between the ages of two and 14 years of age. The children that survive the motor vehicle accidents may have a myriad of injuries from traumatic brain injury to paralysis. The two major reasons for these deaths and injuries are drunk driving and failure to properly restrain children.
According to the NCSA, approximately 20% of accidents that claim children as victims involve a drunk driver. And while parents feel powerless to prevent others from drinking and driving, they can significantly increase their child’s chance of survival by making sure their child is properly restrained in a child safety seat with a properly working seat belt.
More than 50% of the children killed in auto accidents die because they are not properly restrained in the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that nearly three out of four children are not properly restrained or properly placed in the child safety seat. Improper restraint greatly increases the possibility of death for infants and children under the age of four.
Children under the age of five are required by law to be in a child safety seat while in the vehicle. While most parents comply initially with the law, many fail to continue to adhere to the law while on the road. Often, the parent will remove the child from the seat and move the infant or child to the front seat where they are actually in more danger. Parents do this for a variety of reasons, primarily because the child is upset and crying and needs to be soothed, fed or have their clothes changed. Removing your child from their safety seat while the vehicle is in motion is extremely dangerous as it only takes a second for a car to become involved in an accident.
Parents should make sure their children are properly restrained and in a safety seat that has been properly installed. Consulting the manual regarding installation and use is essential for proper use. Also parents can consult the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding guidelines for the nation’s smallest passengers.
Death and injury is tragic but seemingly even more when a child is involved. Children are essentially helpless and rely on competent and attentive adults to do so, thus is the nature of childhood. Keeping constant vigilance is an exhausting process for parents but they must be most aware when involving their child in a vehicle. If you have been in an auto accident and you or your child was injured, you should contact a personal injury attorney. While properly securing your child will increase their safety, it does not guarantee they will not be injured. Circumstances of an accident and sometimes a product defect in the child seat must be considered. If you or your child is injured, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer can investigate all of those factors for you and determine if you have a claim for personal injury or wrongful death.
Zane T. Cagle is sensitive to childhood injuries as he is a father. He and the attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm realize serious accidents have a life changing impact and that you need assistance after such a tragedy. The attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm are genuine and caring about their clients. Call 1(314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today.