Accidental deaths among children fell between the years of 2000 and 2009 by 30 percent, according to new data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A sharp decline in car accident fatalities helped lower the numbers. The first decade of the 2000s saw a 41 percent drop in child car crash deaths.
CDC officials did not cite a specific cause for the declining deaths. They said that certain measures like booster seats and graduated driver’s licenses likely lead to fewer child injuries.
“We’ve made progress, and because we’ve made progress our children are safer than ever before,” said Ileana Arias, principal deputy director for the CDC.
Colorado had one of the country’s lowest child injury death rates in the country. Along with 18 other states, Colorado had between and four and 11 deaths per 100,000 children aged 0-19. The national average was 11 deaths per 100,000 children.
Despite the overall decline, accidental injury is still the number one cause of child deaths across the country. While car accidents declined, death by poisoning (usually with prescription drugs) rose by 91 percent, nearly double from the 1990s.
“More than 9,000 children died from unintentional injuries in the U.S. in 2009,” Arias said. “In the U.S., death rates from unintentional injuries in children up to age 14 were among the worst of all high-income countries.”
While the numbers are still too high, it is encouraging to see that fewer children are dying in car accidents. Hopefully further research can isolate the causes for this decline to prevent further injuries.
The Metier Law Firm – Denver injury attorneys