Every year thousands of kids are injured or killed around vehicles in non-traffic accidents. There are 5 main dangers for kids and vehicles. Today I’m talking about the top 3 dangers. The number one danger is a Backover accident. Every week in the US at least 50 children are backed over by a vehicle. 2 of the 50 will die.
Notice in these pictures from the kidsandcars.org website. 62 children are behind the SUV and all of them are in the blind spot. Have you ever heard of Bye-Bye Syndrome? You say good bye to your kids and then walk out the door to your vehicle and unbeknownst you to, your child follows you out. Here is a video showing bye-bye syndrome:
The number 2 danger is a Front Over accident. According to this quote from www.kidsandcars.org,
“Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a driver moving forward very slowly didn’t see them. These incidents for the most part take place in residential driveways or parking lots and are referred to as ‘frontovers.’ (the opposite of a backover).”
The third danger is Heat Stroke. No one thinks it could ever happen to them, but unfortunately it does. Most times, a parent or caregiver mistakenly leaves a child in the vehicle. It usually happens when the routine of the parent is different. For example, normally mom drops baby off at daycare. But today she stays home sick and dad takes baby to daycare. But on the way, he gets a distracting phone call and is focused on a work meeting. He takes the route he normally takes and arrives at work as usual. Baby is sleeping in the back nice and quiet and dad completely forgets that the baby is in the back seat. Watch this video:
Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out other dangers of kids and cars.
*Videos, images and statistics in this article are from www.kidsandcars.org