Study Finds Surge in Children’s Injuries in Vehicle Crashes

A study by the University Health System, which serves the San Antonio, Texas area, found that the number of children injured in car, truck and semi-truck accidents dramatically increased in 2012. The study analyzed the numbers and sources of children’s injuries. It reported that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among children and young adults ages 5 to 24. It found that traffic accidents are the leading cause of personal injuries for children ages 5 to 16. This would include children hit by vehicles or injured in car, truck, semi-truck or motorcycle wrecks, bicycle crashes or accidents involving boats, ATVs or dirt bikes. The study reported that the number of children injured in car, truck and semi-truck wrecks rose by almost thirty percent from 2011 to 2012. The study also found that children were commonly injured by burns, falls,

The study also looked at injuries to adults, reporting that they are more likely to die from motor vehicle crashes in Bexar County, Texas than from other kinds of personal injuries. Car, truck and semi-truck crashes are the leading cause of injuries for adults up to 64, and the second leading cause of personal injuries among those 65 and older, behind falls. The rate of adult car, truck and semi-truck crash injuries rose almost forty percent between 2009 and 2012, and the number of victims exceeded 1,000 in 2012 for the first time in many years. The study noted that alcohol or drug use was documented in 40 percent of car, truck and semi-truck crash injuries, and in 38 percent of motorcycle crash injuries. It also noted that speed and distracted driving were common in car, truck and semi-truck accidents.

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