Child Death Rates in Car Accidents Vary Widely From State to State

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the rates of fatal car accidents involving children varies widely from one state to the next, primarily due to differences in child restraint usage and traffic safety regulations. In fact, the annual mortality rates from these accidents range from 0.25 deaths per 100,000 children in Massachusetts to 3.20 deaths per 100,000 children in Mississippi. Based on data from the study, it appears that increases in the enforcement of child restraint usage and traffic safety regulations results in substantially fewer child fatalities due to car accidents.

In fact, the study revealed very specific factors that directly affected the child mortality rate in car accidents among states, as follows:

  • Greater percentage of children who ride in vehicles unrestrained or improperly restrained
  • Larger proportion of crashes occur on rural roads or during the daytime
  • No red light camera policies in place

The study indicated that even making small improvements in these factors made a significant difference in the child mortality rate resulting from car accidents. For instance, the researchers found that only a 10% improvement in child restraint usage nationally could prevent more than 1,500 children from dying over a period of five years.

This study is unique in that it focuses on a regional and policy approach to reducing child mortality rates, rather than focusing on an individual’s risk factors. As a result of this study, the researchers are recommending that states take additional action to enforce child restraint usage and traffic safety regulations, which could have a significant impact on the child mortality rate in car accidents.

The state of Wisconsin is no exception when it comes to car crashes that cause both serious injuries and fatalities. Fortunately, there is a potential way to get compensation for your losses. The Madison personal injury attorneys of Bonner & Vaughan handle personal injury cases on a daily basis, and we know what it takes to get the compensation that you need. Take the first step and call our office today to set up your free consultation with one of our Wisconsin auto accident lawyers.