Motor Vehicle Safety - Injury and Incidence Statistics
Injury and death rates:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
- In 2005, 2,348 children ages 0 to 15 years were killed in vehicle-related deaths.
- Fifty percent of children ages 14 and under killed in motor vehicle crashes were not safely restrained.
- Approximately 240,000 children ages 14 and under suffered injuries in motor vehicle crashes in 2004.
- The majority of the children killed by airbags in motor vehicle crashes were unrestrained or improperly restrained.
Where and when:
- The majority (75 percent) of motor vehicle crashes occur within 25 miles of home.
- Most crashes occur in areas where the speed limit is 40 mph or less.
Safety restraint statistics:
- About 73 percent of child safety seats or booster seats are improperly used.
- One-third of children ride in the front passenger seat, increasing the risk for injury and death.
- Properly installed and used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for children ages 1 to 4. Child safety seats can also reduce the need for hospitalization among children ages 4 and under by 69 percent.
- Pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14.
- Children ages 1 to 2 suffer the highest number of pedestrian injuries, most often when a vehicle is backing up.
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