Pediatric Injury

When you think of children injured by cars does your mind only encompass motor vehicle traffic accidents? A new study out focuses on nontraffic injuries and fatalities to children in and around motor vehicles. These occur mainly in driveways and parking lots. (Zonfrillo, 2017) Some of the incidents covered in the study included:

  • Children unattended in hot cars
  • Backovers
  • Frontovers
  • Vehicles knocked into motion
  • Underage drivers
  • Power window incidents
  • Falls
  • Fires

The study looked at children ages 0 – 14 years between January 1990 and December 2014 and compiled their information from media sources, individual accounts from families of affected children, medical examiner reports, police reports, child death review teams, coroner reports, medical professionals, legal professionals and other various modes of publication. The median age of children reflected in this study was 3.7 years.

While there have been substantial reductions in motor vehicle crash-related child fatalities for a variety of reasons, such as

  • Advances in legislation
  • Public safety campaigns
  • Engineering

The same can’t be said about nontraffic injuries. To learn more about nontraffic dangers to children visit www.KidsAndCars.org

Susan Schmunk, CAISS, CSTR

 

Zonfrillo, M. e. (2017, September 21). TandFonline. Retrieved November 1, 2017, from Taylor Francis Online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15389588.2017.1369053?journalCode=gcpi20