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Study looks at car crashes involving children

Florida residents might like to know how their state fares when it comes to children's safety during automobile accidents. In general, fatalities involving children below the age of 15 were most common in the South and least common in the Northeast. Common causes of fatalities were unused or improperly used restraints. Florida had one of the lowest percentages of child deaths with 12 percent.

Around 16 percent of children involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents died, which was a total of 2,885 children. The study reviewed crash trends for 2010-2014 and was conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University. More than 18,000 children were involved in fatal accidents during the period studied. The study is the first of its kind and aims to account for differences in regulations and geography.

The study divided states by region. In the South, 1,550 children were killed in wrecks. This was a mortality rate of 1.34 per 100,000 children. The Northeast had 189 child fatalities, which was a mortality rate of 0.38 per 100,000 children.

The study found that preventing child fatalities requires consistent enforcement of relevant state laws and regulations. The proper use of restraints may save the most children. A 10 percent increase in using restraints correctly could save more than 230 children every year.

The surviving family members of a person who is killed in an automobile accident, regardless of the age of the decedent, often have to face severe financial challenges in addition to their grief, such as funeral and burial costs. In the event that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, they may want to have an attorney's help in filing a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for their losses.

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