New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Discusses New Government Study on Child Passenger Deaths

A study released Feb. 4 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that car accident deaths among children 12 and younger decreased by 43 percent from 2002 to 2011. Still, more than 9,000 children died during this study period, the report states.

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According to a report on CDC's website, an estimated number of more than 9,000 children have been fatally injured in crashes during this 10-year study period

New York, N.Y (PRWEB) March 03, 2014

A report titled "Vital Signs" released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that car accident fatalities among children 12 and younger decreased 43 percent between 2002 and 2011. According to a report on CDC's website, an estimated number of more than 9,000 children have been fatally injured in crashes during this 10-year study period.

In addition, the study found that half of all African American children and Hispanic children who died in crashes during this period were not buckled up compared to 26 percent of Caucasian children. According to the Vital Signs report one in three children who died in car accidents in 2011 was not buckled up. States that have child passenger restraint laws see more children being buckled up. During the study period, nationwide, only two out of every 100 children lived in states that required car seat or booster seat use for children 8 and under, the report stated.

New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm says parents and caregivers play a significant role in ensuring child safety in the car. "Parents often serve as role models when it comes to safety and vehicles. When parents wear their seatbelts and refrain from using electronic devices in the vehicle, children tend to imitate them and adopt those safe habits."

It is also essential for parents and caregivers to ensure that children are safely secured in a car seat that is right for their age and size, Wilhelm says. "Use a car seat on every trip, even if it is to a store around the corner. Never make your children sit in the front seat. Use a booster seat for your child until they are big and tall enough to use a seatbelt."

Installing a child safety seat properly is crucial when it comes to preventing tragedies, Wilhelm says. "Refer to your owner's manual before you install and use the safety seats. If you have trouble, get help." For more information on how to contact a Child Passenger Safety Technician in New York, visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/seat-per.htm

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