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Biggest Risk Factors for Child Car Accidents in Chicago

by Matthew Willens on Jun. 09, 2016

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Children are the worst victims of car accidents, as quite often, the injuries prove fatal.

In the past few years, automotive safety technology has developed leaps and bounds. However, car accidents are still common, and are one of the leading cause of death among children and adolescents. In this post, our Chicago car wreck lawyers will discuss some risk factors for child car accidents, and some measures to prevent them.


In 2011, more than 650 children, aged 12 years or younger were killed in traffic related accidents. Another 31 children died from heatstroke after they were left in a hot car. Additionally, 150,000 children are injured as passengers in motor vehicles each year.


Risk Factors for Children and Teens

  • In 2013, a higher number of older children aged 8-12 years, were not wearing a seatbelt compared to younger children in the age group of 4-7 years and under 4 years.

  • From 2001 to 2010, 1 in 5 child passenger aged 15 years or less, were killed in accidents involving drunk driving. In 65 percent of the cases, it is the driver of the vehicle the child is riding in that had been drinking

  • Among young children, use of proper restraint system often depends upon the driver’s seat belt use. Around 40 percent of children riding with unbuckled drivers were themselves unrestrained.

  • Child restraint systems are not used correctly. 46 percent of the restraint systems are used improperly in a way that reduces their effectiveness.

Tips to Prevent Child Injuries

Our Chicago car wreck lawyers believe that educational programs to encourage the use of proper child restraint systems can play an important role in preventing child injuries. A study was conducted on five states that increased the age requirements for booster seat and car seat usage, and it was found that the number of children being restrained increased by over three times. Also, the rate of fatal or disabling injuries among children decreased by almost 20 percent.

In short, education is the key to preventing child injuries. Using the right car seat for the child’s weight and size, and installing it correctly can ensure child safety. Make sure you choose the best fit for your child, and then stay up to date with safety information about the safety devices you are using.


Children are the worst victims of car accidents, as quite often, the injuries prove fatal. In many cases, the children suffer severe injuries that require long term treatment, and sometimes, the child is rendered disabled for the lifetime. If your child has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you should contact an experienced attorney who will help you make a successful claim and recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to under Illinois law.

To speak with a top-rated personal injury lawyer in Chicago, contact Willens Law Office for a free consultation by calling (312) 957-4166 today.

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