In the State of Kentucky, car accidents are by far the most common way for a child to get hurt. Throughout the country, the statistics are that nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in a car accident. That comes out to roughly 700 children are injured due to a car accident every day.
Approximately 2,000 children die from car accident injuries every year. That is about 5% of all the car accidents involving a child. For children between the ages of 2 and 14, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. And 20% of the deaths of children invovle someone who is intoxicated.
So what can we do to better protect our children?
The failure to wear a seat belt or use a child safety seat is a contributing factor in more than half of the cases involving children who die in car accidents. The advancements in car safety seats has been substantial in the past 5-10 years. Most recently, the Dorel Juvenile Group has launched a new car seat that incorporates air safety measures. This will better protect a child in a side impact type of car accident.
Another way to ensure your child’s safety is to inform your child of the dangers of getting in a car with a person who has recently had alchohol or any type of drug. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a very informative site that a parent can view with his or her child to discuss the dangers of drunk driving.
And finally, talking on the cell phone and texting while driving are just two bad combinations. Recently, in November 17, 2009’s USA Today article, it discusses a recent test group on teens and delves into the how and why a teenager drives while talking on his or her cell phone. This article and the Arizona paper article below are two good articles that any Kentucky parent of a new young teenage driver should read. They may just help prevent your son or daughter from having a car accident.
Also, recently, in an Arizona paper article, it discussed teenager safety and texting. In Phoenix, the city has banned texting and driving. The article also discusses a revolutionary video that one can watch to help “scare straight” a young driver that might consider driving and texting at the same time. And finally, there are plenty of videos to watch on YouTube.com. All you have to do is put in the key words “teenager driving while texting” and you will get hundreds of videos showing the effects of texting while driving. Such as this video that was on the Today Show.
If you have been injured in a car accident, please call and speak to a Kentucky car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Andrew S. Alitowski at 888-ASK-ANDREW (275-2637) or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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