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Child Recently Died In A Car Accident

Posted on March 28, 2018

Car accidents are often minor, but some can cause serious injuries and even death. The sad reality is that anyone can be a victim—even a child. A 3-year-old child recently died in a car accident in Maryland.

The crash happened on the evening of February 4 on Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Route 198. The crash involved just one vehicle, which apparently exited the roadway. The sedan, which had driven into trees, had three passengers inside.

One of the passengers was taken via helicopter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 3-year-old girl died at the accident scene. Not much is known about what caused the crash, but speed is believed to be a factor.

Child Car Accident Statistics

Fortunately, child fatalities caused by car accidents have declined since 1975. In 1975, 1,384 children under age 13 were killed in car accidents. In 2016, this number decreased by almost half, with 723 fatalities.

However, the statistics show that the rate of car accident deaths among children under the age of 13 is still high. In fact, car accidents still cause 25 percent of unintentional deaths among children.

It is believed that proper restraints can reduce the rate of fatalities. The rear seat is the safest place for children. Statistics show that placing children under age 3 in rear seats instead of front seats can reduce their fatality rate by as much as 75 percent. For children ages 4 to 8, the fatality rate can be reduced by as much as 50 percent.

In 1975, infants under age 1 had the highest rate of car accident fatalities among children under age 13. By 2016, there was not much difference in terms of fatality rate among each age group. Fatality rates have dropped by 74 percent for infants, with fatality rates for children ages 1-3 dropping by 65 percent. Rates have dropped by 46 percent for children ages 4-8, and children ages 9-12 are now seeing a 44 percent decrease in car accident fatalities.

Contact an Oxon Hill Personal Injury Lawyer Today

It’s always sad to lose a loved one in a car accident, especially when the deceased is a child. Accidents happen, but if someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, it’s important that you understand your legal rights.

The Law Office of William C. McCaskill, PLLC can help you deal with injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Get started with a free consultation. Call us today at (240) 766-8085.

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