Common injuries children sustain in auto accidents
The majority of America’s population drives a great many miles every single day and every one of those miles brings the risk of accident. Fortunately, we by and large get where we’re going without incident. On the other hand, traffic accidents remain a leading cause of serious injury and even death, especially among children.
At Centro Chiropractic Clinic we understand that as parents we want to protect our children from an onslaught of everyday dangers but ironically we all strap into cars and drive right into potential danger day in and day out. Sadly, many of these trips end in tragedy for our cherished children.
Consider these alarming facts from 2016 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- In the United States, 723 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes and more than 128,000 were injured.
- More than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.
- Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2016 (for which restraint use was known), 35 percent were not buckled up.
The result of statistics like this is a host of serious injuries:
Common auto accident injuries in children
Traffic accidents cause a variety of injuries in children of different ages. For children under age 8, head injuries are the most common. These include concussions, skull fractures, lacerations, and contusions.
Thoracic injuries are also common and due to child restraint safety belts, most often affected children under 12 months of age.
Other common injuries include bone breakage, injury from broken glass, whiplash, various head trauma, and psychological trauma. Some of these injuries, such as whiplash, may appear benign immediately after an accident but flare up the next day with effects lasting a very long time.
Tips for preventing child injury
Plenty of studies show that young children can still be gravely injured or killed even when secured in a safety seat. However, the best thing we can do is secure a child in an appropriate car seat. In addition, it is critical to stay very alert as a driver at all times. It’s easy to get distracted and goof around a little with your child but you are responsible for her safety. Pay attention.
Drive a vehicle with up-to-date safety features like side air bags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. And don’t drive long hours or any time you feel tired.
Stay alert and stay safe.
For more child safety traffic accident tips and information, contact Centro Chiropractic Clinic at (503) 980-4808.