The death of a child is always tragic. Recently, the CDC researched the leading causes of fatalities among children. Here’s more information about one of these leading causes and what parents in Arizona can do to prevent their children’s deaths from happening.
What’s one of the leading causes of childhood deaths?
According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths among children. In 2019, over 91,000 children received injuries from car crashes. During this same year, 608 children died in the aftermath of car accidents.
Keeping children safe while driving
Fortunately, there are many ways that parents can keep children safe in cars. If you’re raising infants or toddlers, they need to be in age-appropriate car seats. Children aged four to eight should ride in booster seats. Among infants, correctly securing them into a car seat can reduce their risk of death by 71%. Using the right booster seat for a child who’s a little older reduces their risk of getting seriously injured by 45%.
Understandably, most parents would feel safe with their young children riding in the passenger seat. However, the front seat is one of the most dangerous places for your children if a car accident happens. Instead, safely secure your child in the back seat to keep them safe.
As a parent, getting into an accident with your child in the car is an understandably stressful situation. If this situation happens, safely get you and your child away from the flow of traffic. Next, contact emergency services right away.