News like this is hard to hear. As parents, we try very hard to keep our children safe. Unfortunately, car accidents or DUI accidents can happen. That doesn’t mean we should wait for an accident to happen before we decide to do something about it. For example, we could teach our kids about car safety, like sitting in the proper car seat and wearing their seat belt. It’s the little things that could save their lives later.
Here are some statistics about car accidents involving children.
- In 2012, there were 61 million children 14 and younger in the United States. This was about 19% of the total U.S. resident population.
- According to NHTSA, in 2012, there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States. Children 14 and younger accounted for 1,168 (3%) of those traffic fatalities.
- An average of three children, ages 14 and younger, are killed and 462 are injured every day in the U.S. in motor vehicle crashes.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young children.
Fatal child accident
In a local news article, an 11-year-old boy died from a car crash in Fayette County on Thursday, April 24, 2014. According to reports, Brandon Anderson was with his three friends in a Mini Cooper driven by 25-year-old Randel Burnett. Speed was listed as a factor in the crash. Burnett had been drinking, but it was not stated in the initial report that he was drunk. Investigators say Burnett was speeding down Highway 194 when he lost control of the car, which eventually flipped and tossed everyone out of the car. Burnett and the three kids were injured and sent to hospital. Unfortunately, Anderson didn’t make it.
Here in Kentucky, we’ve been pooling efforts to battle against DUI. It’s not easy but cooperation is crucial. Please, refrain from driving drunk. Alcohol and driving are never a good blend and it puts other people’s lives in danger.