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The Car Is Likely the Single Most Dangerous Place for Your Kids

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 12, 2021

As a parent, you want your children to grow up to have a successful and happy future. Sadly, some of the decisions that you make in your daily life may put your child at risk of dying or suffering a serious injury.

While many people tend to take for granted that motor vehicle travel is a part of modern American life, it is also one of the biggest risks that individuals face. For children, particularly, motor vehicle accidents remain in the top causes of death across ages ranging from infancy to the teen years.

Motor Vehicle Collisions Are in The Top Two Causes of Death for Kids Over 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carefully track and analyze various causes of death in the United States. Doing so allows them to recognize trends, such as the fact that suicide has become the top accidental cause of death for teenagers in recent years, potentially necessitating more investment in mental health support for adolescents.

Statistics frequently show that car crashes are among the most dangerous scenarios for children. Children mostly die from accidents, and car crashes are often the biggest risk for children over the age of one.

Ways that You Can Reduce the Risk Your Kids Face on The Road

There are certain things that you can do to help keep your children as safe as possible in your car. Making sure that they are in the right kind of restraints, including booster seats for kids, despite the fact that kids often don’t like them, is an important step toward improving safety.

Making sure your children have ways to entertain themselves on the road so that they don’t distract you is also important. Distraction caused by conversations or other people in a vehicle can be just as dangerous as distraction caused by mobile phones. Finally, you should try to avoid the most common risk factors for causing a crash, which include exceeding the speed limit, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and getting distracted by your phone or something other than driving.

In the event that your children suffer noteworthy injuries in a crash caused by another driver, you may be able to take legal action against that driver to hold them accountable for the impact of their decisions on your family.