Firefighters arrived at the scene of a car crash to find a woman and two 18-month-old infants trapped inside their vehicle last month on Interstate 97. In a report at hometownannapolis.com, the woman lost control of her car, hit a guardrail, and came to a stop in the middle of the road.
Rescue workers pulled the three victims from the car and transported the children to the Children’s Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. They took the woman to the Prince George’s Trauma Center, according to police. A police spokesperson said their injuries are serious.
The report did not say if the two infants were in approved safety seats. However, it brings to light the fact that every day approximately 700 children suffer injuries in auto crashes in the United States, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Of the 250,000 kids injured every year in car accidents, about 200 die from their injuries.
Sadly, about half of the injuries and deaths occur because the child was not wearing a safety restraint or placed in a safety seat. Even when a child is restrained, it is improper, according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA says that 72 percent of parents are using child safety restraints improperly.
Children depend on adults to keep them safe inside a vehicle. Take the time to ensure your child’s safety and in the event of the unfortunate, know what to do after a car accident. Reach out to our team today for a free consultation.
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