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The rates of child auto fatalities

Michigan parents may not be aware that the South has the highest rate of children under the age of 15 being killed in a car crash, while the Northeast has the lowest rate. This is according to a joint study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University.

The study is the first of its kind to examine the state-level tendencies in child deaths due to motor vehicle crashes as well as to consider the variations in geography and the differences in regulations and laws among the states. The study also noted that the occurrences are usually associated with the improper use of vehicle restraints and accidents on rural roads.

In the period used in the study, from 2010 to 2014, a total of 2,885 child deaths due to fatal motor vehicle wrecks were noted. The number represents nearly 16 percent of all of the children involved in fatal wrecks.

The results of the study showed that more than half, or 52 percent, of the children who died resided in the South. Twenty-one percent lived in the West, while 19 percent lived in the Midwest and 7.5 percent were located in the Northeast. Twenty percent of the children involved in the fatal crashes were not properly restrained, and 13 percent were wrongly seated in the front seat when the crash occurred. It was also discovered that 62 percent of the motor vehicle accidents took place on country roads, while 35 percent occurred on state highways.

A personal injury attorney may assist people injured in car accidents with pursuing legal remedies. The attorney may review the accident investigation report and interview witnesses to determine the party or parties that should be held financially responsible.

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