Tragic Crash Kills Five-Year-Old, Leaves another Child Critical in Barfield, Alabama
BARFIELD, AL- Abc3340.com writes that three vehicles crashed on Highway 9 in Clay County, causing the tragic death of a five-year-old child. The incident occurred in the afternoon earlier this week. The Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Lineville Police Department first responded to the scene of the crash. The State Troopers are now taking over the investigation.*
Reports indicate that the victim’s older brother also suffered severe injuries in the collision. The older child is being treated at a hospital. His condition is considered critical.
Car accidents are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2017, 675 children ages 12 and under died in car crashes. Another 116,000 sustain car crash-related injuries. For cases in which restraint use is known, more than one-third of children killed were not using seatbelts or child restraints at the time of the accident.
Child restraint use tends to be correlated with the restraint use of the adult or driver. Forty percent of children traveling with unrestrained drivers also did not use a seatbelt.
Alcohol often plays a role in deadly crashes, as well. About twenty percent of children killed in car crashes died in accidents involving drunk drivers. In the majority of those cases, it was the individual operating the car the child was in that was under the influence.
Research indicates that adequately used child restraint systems are highly effective in reducing the risk of injury or death. Car seats and booster seats are more useful for younger children than just a seatbelt. Seatbelts alone, when used for older children, reduce the risk of severe injuries and death by about 50 percent.
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