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Child fatalities in motor vehicle accidents

North Carolina parents who are concerned about the safety of their children on the road may be interested in the results of a recent study on motor vehicle accidents involving child fatalities. According to a joint study conducted by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University, auto accident fatalities in children under the age of 15 tend to occur more in the South. Crashes on rural roads as well as unused or improperly used restraints are common factors in the deaths.

The study examined car accidents that took place in 2010 to 2014. Almost 16 percent of the children involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents during that time, a total of 2,885, perished as a result of the accidents. This number represents a mortality rate of 0.94 per 100,000 children per year. The study also found that state-level statutes and regulations and the constant enforcement of those laws were essential towards preventing child fatalities in auto accidents.

The South, the area of the nation that proved to be the most fatal for children in motor vehicle accidents with 1,550 child deaths, had a mortality rate of 1.34 per 100,000 children per year. The Northeast was the safest region of the country during the study period with only 189 child deaths and a mortality rate of 0.38 per 100,000 per year.

There were 561 child fatalities in the West, which had a mortality rate of 0.76 per 100,000 per year. Data from the Midwest showed a mortality rate of 0.89 per 100,000 per year in its 585 child fatalities.

A personal injury attorney should be consulted if injuries or deaths result from a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence. Drunk, distracted or drowsy drivers may be held civilly and criminally responsible for hit-and-runs, head-on collisions and accidents involving multiple vehicles.


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