Safewise is out with a ranking of the highest and lowest states for child fatalities from car crashes.
The good news is that Indiana is in the top ten for the least child car crash fatalities.
The company Safewise looked at data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and child safety seat laws from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Safewise says the leading cause of death for children ages 13 and under is due to car crashes.
Most Child Car Crash Fatalities: Top 10 States
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Least Child Car Crash Fatalities: Top 10 States
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
Recommendations for keeping your child safe:
- Make sure you have the right car seat based on your child’s current height and weight.6
- Rear-facing: Infants and toddlers. Stay in a rear-facing seat as long as the seat limits allow; up to 4 years old.5
- Forward-facing: Toddlers and preschoolers. Stay in a forward facing car seat up to the seat’s weight and length limits. Most seats can accommodate up to 60 lbs. Remember to use with both lower anchors and tether or seat belt and tether.
- Belt-positioning booster seat: School-aged children; up to 4 ft. 9 in. and aged 8–12.
- Seat belt: Once they outgrow a booster seat, children should always use a lap and shoulder belt. All children aged 13 and younger should ride in the back seat.
- Ensure the car seat is properly installed and use it for every car trip.
- Register the car seat with the manufacturer so that you stay informed of any safety updates or recall information.
- Read the instructions! Every seat is different, so make sure you read and follow the instructions for the model you have.
- Never put a rear-facing car seat in front of a passenger air bag seat.
- If you have a car seat in your vehicle, visit a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in your community to double-check that it’s properly installed. Go here to find a car seat inspection station near you.
- Get certified to be a licensed car seat technician. Help educate others about proper car seat installation.
The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in car crashes. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.