Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children and adolescents between the ages of 1 and 19. In fact, a child dies from an unintentional injury almost every hour in the United States.
However, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the death rate from unintentional injury among children and adolescents fell by almost 30 percent between 2000 and 2009. Additionally, the study revealed that deaths caused by car accidents, the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children, fell by more than 40 percent.
Unfortunately, the study also had some troubling findings:
While researchers do agree that progress has been made, they believe more safety measures can be put in place to reduce the predictable and preventable events that lead to accidental deaths. For example, if every state was able to decrease child injury death rates to fewer than 5 deaths per 100,000 children, like in Massachusetts and New Jersey, over 5,700 children's lives would be saved every year.