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Motor Vehicle Accidents Are Still a Major Source of Child Deaths, says Department of Health

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 21, 2011

The Washington Department of Health collects data on injuries suffered by Washington residents each year, sorting information according to factors such as age, type of injury, location, and other variables. Recent reports indicate that, despite improvements in child seat safety and overall vehicle safety, car accidents still claim the lives of many Washington residents ages 17 and younger each year.

According to the Department of Health, a total of 170 children lost their lives to unintentional accidents of various kinds from 2005 to 2009. Older children ages 15 to 19 were most likely to lose their lives in car accidents; a total of 49 teens died in this way in recent years, compared to only 11 children ages 1 to 14. Read the rest »

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