Causes of Fatalities: Non-Traffic Relatedhttp://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/misc/us-child-nontraffic-fatalities.pdf
70 – Frontover (Children run over when car is moving forward.)
66 – Backover (Children run over when car is moving forward.)
49 – Heat stroke
20 – Underage driver
10 – Vehicle set in motion by child
7 – Fall from vehicle
17 – Other
Backovers are defined as incidents of driving a car in reverse and hitting an unseen person.
2400 children are treated every year in the ER, due to backover accidents.
50 children die every week in backover accidents.
Over 60% of backovers involve a large car (truck, van or SUV).
Over 70% of backover incidents occur with a parent or a close relative driving the vehicle.
Depending on the driver’s height and the model of the car, a driver’s blind spot may be as large as 8 feet wide and 50 feet long.
38 children die from over-heating every year after being inadvertently locked in the car.
Heatstroke can occur even when the outside temperature is in the 50’s F.
When the outdoor temperature is in the 60’s F, the temperature inside the car can reach 110 F.
Heatstroke: What You Can Do
Always visually check the backseat of your car before you lock the doors of your car.
Place a note on your door reminding you to check the backseat.
Never leave a child unattended in a parked vehicle, even with the windows open.
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