Articles Tagged with child passengers

Long before your children are old enough to drive in Hollywood, they will be in cars, being ferried to and from school and activities. They are still at risk of car accidents. Even more importantly, children are watching everything—including the driving habits of the adults who drive them around. They are forming their ideas of what driving should look like.

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For these reasons, it’s imperative that you talk to your children about road safety, even if their sixteenth birthday is still a long way off. Some of the topics you should cover include:

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Getting your kids to and from school can be the most dangerous part of their day. Car accidents in Hollywood and South Florida are a leading cause of injuries and accidents involving young children.

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The extra traffic on the road during the school morning and afternoon rush can increase your risk of a car accident and if you are in a collision with your children in the car, they can be thrown around and may suffer serious head injuries, back injuries, and other serious injuries.

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Now that we are headed back to school, most parents need to think about the school commute. For many children and families in Hollywood and South Florida, this is the riskiest part of the day. Heavy morning and afternoon traffic as well as congestion at school drop off and pick up zones can mean pedestrian accidents and car accidents are a greater danger.

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School bus injuries, car accidents, and pedestrian accidents can lead to a range of devastating injuries, including head injuries, fractures, sprains and other serious injuries. During the school year, parents on the morning and afternoon commute are competing with other workers, other parents, and school buses who are all sharing the road. Here’s how to make your commute safer:

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Many people realize distracted driving collisions in Homestead and other Florida communities can be caused by mobile devices and texting, but few people see children as the culprits. Yet research shows that children are a major cause of distracted driving. According to a Monash University Accident Research Center, children can be up to 12 times more distracting than a cell phone.

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Even worse, children are more vulnerable in a distracted driving collision. Their smaller bodies may be more impacted by a sideswipe accident or head-on crash. They may not know how to brace themselves or may be leaning out of their car seats or moving around, which can make their injuries worse.

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For years, educational campaigns have focused on teaching children and teens not to get in the car with a drunk driver. These campaigns have worked to reduce instances of drunk driving in Hollywood, Homestead, and other communities across Florida and across the country.

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However, some experts say these efforts do not go far enough, especially with distracted driving being such a concern right now. A distracted driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver. In fact, studies have shown that distracted drivers have slower response times and similar accident rates as inebriated drivers.

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Parents often rely on cars to get children to school, appointments, and activities. In fact, most children in Hollywood and South Florida are driven around in cars every day. Parents may not consider it, but for many kids this is the most dangerous activity they take part in.

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Car accidents in Hollywood and other communities can cause serious injuries and fatalities to child passengers. Since children are smaller and are still growing, serious injuries can affect them and their development more than similar injuries might affect adults.

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You may think your children are too young to talk to about car safety before the age of 16 or so, but it is one of the most important conversations you will have with your kids, regardless of their age. The reality is that long before your children have their learner’s permit, they will be driven around by other people, including family, friends, babysitters, and more. They are still at risk of auto accidents, long before they can drive. In fact, car accidents in Hollywood and other South Florida communities are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities involving children.

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Of course, the adults in your child’s life have a responsibility to keep your child safe. However, it’s never too early to start teaching your children a healthy respect for cars and teaching them the good habits they will need for the rest of their life. From an early age, you will want to talk to them about several topics:

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In Hollywood and across South Florida, car accidents are an obvious and frequent cause of injury. Children who are in a car injured in a car collision can suffer from many types of serious and life-threatening injuries. However, a vehicle doesn’t have to be on the road for it to pose serious risks to a child.

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Some of the less known risks to kids in vehicles include:

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Car accidents involving cars on the road injure children, but some child car injuries in Hollywood are caused by vehicles accidentally set in motion. When children are left alone in a car, they tend to explore and can manage to start the vehicle and cause it to roll forward or backward. If the car is parked on a hill or a slope, the vehicle can roll towards another vehicle, towards traffic, or towards a tree or solid object. A vehicle set in motion with child passengers can cause devastating head injuries, fractures, and other serious injuries.

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Most cars made after 2006 have a BTSI (brake transmission shift interlock system), which means the driver has to engage the brake to get the car out of park. This can help prevent vehicles accidentally set in motion, but children can still accidentally set a car in motion. Older cars do not have BTSI and are a risk.

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Power windows are a convenient feature of many cars, but they exert enough force to seriously injure or even kill a child. While many parents are aware of the importance of car seats or the dangers of car accidents in Hollywood and their communities, they may not consider that something as simple as a window can kill.

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Windows can move up quickly and with enough force to crush small hands and arms. There have also been some fatal incidents involving children placing their head through the window and sustaining fatal injuries when a power window was activated. Since power windows are easy to operate, a small child may be able to make the window move easily. Children may have an interest in watching the windows move, which can mean they end up trapped.

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