Story by: Kim Huston on March 30, 2019
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, backover crashes cause approximately 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries each year. Driveway accidents, including backover and frontover incidents, are more common in warm weather, when children begin playing outside.
Children under 5 are at the greatest risk, due to their small size, of likely being in a driver’s blind zone, especially with larger vehicles. Sadly, the drivers involved with the majority of these types of accidents are family members or friends of the injured child. These accidents can be prevented by families taking some steps to make sure children are safe –– inside and outside of cars.
“Accidents are the leading cause of death in children, and we certainly see an increase in injuries during the summer months,” said April R. Mattingly, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Crestwood.
Want to keep kids safe and active this summer? Parents can pick up a bike helmet at a Norton Children’s Medical Group location near you.
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Families and drivers can work together to keep children safe from driveway accidents such as backovers and frontovers. They can:
There are things all drivers can do to help children stay safe from being hit by a car, no matter the location or whether children live with you. These include: