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GA child fatality statistics resulting from car accidents

A study covering the period of 2010 to 2014 and conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that Georgia was the fifth in the nation for the most childhood deaths from crashes on the state's roadways. The report indicates that 130 children under the age of 15 died because of motor vehicle accidents in the state during that period.

Overall, the South experienced 1,550 fatalities involving children under 15, which was more than any other region in the country. This compares to the Northeast where 189 children died because of car accidents. Nationwide, the total number of children who died during the research period was 2,885. That was roughly 16 percent of the 18,000 children actually involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the country for the same years studied.

Researchers found improperly used child restraint systems or restraints not used at all were responsible for 20 percent of the fatalities of children resulting from car accidents across the country. Another fact the research uncovered is that crashes occurred more frequently on rural roads in the South and nationally. Apparently 62 percent of vehicle accidents involving children took place on rural roads.

Motor vehicle crashes occur daily across the country, and while many people survive, some do not. When a fatal car crash occurs and it can be demonstrated that the cause was the negligence of another motorist, a personal injury attorney could assist the surviving family members of the decedent in seeking compensation for their losses through a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist.

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