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Seat Belts & Car Seats Still Underused By Children

A new study has revealed that although the death rate of children in auto accidents has decreased over the years, seat belts would have saved many more lives. Between 2002 and 2011, more than 9,000 children under 12 died in auto accidents and in many cases because they were not properly buckled in. Although the death rate has decreased from 2.2 per 100,000 in 2002 to 1.2 in 2011. In 2011, 33 percent of children who died in car accidents were not buckled in. An estimated 3,308 children under 4 are alive today because they were properly buckled in. According to the lead of author of the report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, black children had a death rate of 46 percent higher than Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites. One contributing factor is that a higher proportion of black children who died were unrestrained. While only 2 percent of children under age 1 rode unrestrained, 22 percent of those in that age group who died were unbuckled. “We can do more to help protect our children on the road,” said the lead author. “We have to make sure that children are buckled into age- and size- appropriate seats and seatbelts on every trip; no matter how short the trip.”

Florida’s traffic problems have increased as the population has grown; cities have become more congested and road construction has increased. Anyone who drives on I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, I-75, U.S. 1 or any of Florida’s many busy roadways knows that a car accident can happen in an instant, no matter how careful you are.

Motor vehicle accidents represent the majority of personal injury inquiries and cases that Freidin Brown, P.A. handles. Our Florida injury lawyers have honed our skills in representing Florida’s drivers and have the experience and resources to fight for, and win, the financial compensation our clients need and deserve after a serious motor vehicle accident.

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Source: The New York Times, “Car Seats Save Lives, but are Still Underused,” Feb. 7, 2014.

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