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Study reveals regional risk for child car accident fatalities

Colorado parents may feel a little safer getting behind the wheel after reading the results of a study regarding child deaths in fatal auto accidents. The study looked at state-by-state data from 2010 to 2014 to discover the number of deaths of children under the age of 15 per state and region. Researchers also reported the rate of deaths to account for population differences. The major causes for these differences were also explored in light of reducing the risk of fatal car wrecks involving children.

Researchers with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University teamed up to discover that the South accounted for the highest number of child fatalities in car wrecks with 1,550 deaths out of total of 2,885 for the time frame. The rate was also the highest, averaged at 1.34 deaths per 100,000 children per year. This total greatly surpassed the other three major regions.

The researchers identified several factors feeding into the risk of child fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. They found that a fifth of the deaths involved improper child restraint or no restraint in use. Other significant factors involved in these auto accidents were driving under the influence and speed of the vehicle. The speed of vehicles in most fatal wrecks was between 45 and 60 mph.

Denver parents know that driving is always risky, and those risks are even higher with a child on board. Careful attention to safety restraints and defensive driving tactics are still not foolproof protection against distracted or impaired drivers. People who have been harmed in such an accident might want to have a lawyer's assistance in seeking compensation for their losses.

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