According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading
causes of accidental child injuries and deaths are motor vehicle collisions
and fall accidents. From 2001 to 2006, about 8 million child deaths occurred
each year due to motor vehicle crashes, bicycle collisions, or pedestrian
accidents, while some 2.8 million nonfatal injuries happened as a result
of fall accidents. Overall, approximately 55 million teenagers and young
children were treated for accidental injuries in US emergency rooms between
2001 and 2006—that’s about 9.2 million kids a year.
More CDC findings:
- About 12,175 young people (under age 20) were killed each year in the US because they sustained accidental injuries.
- Motor vehicle crashes continued to be the leading cause of fatalities for kids, ages 5 to 19.
- For young children ages 1 to 4, drowning was a leading cause of death.
- For infants, the leading cause of death was suffocation.
- The leading causes of nonfatal injuries for kids ages 1 to 4 were fall accidents and accidental poisoning.
- About 20 kids are killed every day because of accidental injuries.
- Burn injuries were also a common cause of child injuries.
While there are steps that parents can take to prevent such injuries from
happening, it is also important that product manufacturers make goods
that are free from defects and are safe for use.
In recent years, there have been too many recalls of too many products because of the potential injuries they could cause to young children. Toys with excessive levels of lead paint, poorly constructed cribs and bassinets that pose a fall hazard or are a suffocation threat, household products that are fire hazards, defectively designed clothing that are a strangulation danger, poorly constructed child safety seats, and dangerous nursery furniture and playground rides, are just some of the millions of toys that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and manufacturers have recalled because a child was (or could get) injured or died.
Product manufacturers must be held liable when their negligence and carelessness leads to seriousproducts liability-related injuries and deaths.
Childhood Injury Report, CDC
Recalls, US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Related Web Resources:
World report on child injury prevention, World Health Organization
Our products liability lawyers at Gilbert & Ollanik, PC have a successful track record of helping families whose children have been seriously injured recover personal injury or wrongful death compensation from negligent product manufacturers. Contact our child products liability law firm today.