Author: Scott Fitzgerald, Law Clerk
The leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and 15 in the United States is car crashes. In 2005 alone, 1,451 children under the age of 15 perished in motor vehicle accidents, while 184,000 more sustained injuries. Each day, about 500 children are injured in car crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, over half of children killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt or any other type of restraining device. Only 10% of children under age five travel without a seat belt, but they account for more than half of child deaths in car crashes.
Even when children are restrained, studies…