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June is National Safety Month: What is the Leading Cause of Death for Children?

By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Fire Rescue Graphic Blue in SquareJune is National Safety Month.  It marks a time of year in which safety is especially promoted from a multitude of organizations, businesses, schools, day care centers, municipalities, and states.  Of coursee, safety should be a paramount concern and goal all year round.   It is not just a June priority. It is a 365 priority.  So, what is the leading cause of death of children?  The answer is “Automobile Accidents”.   It has been reported that the leading cause of death in children ages 5 to 24 is the automobile accident.   Consider of moment, a family goes for a drive to school, the park, a movie, the mall, or grocery store. It is a sunny day and all is right in the world.  Then, suddenly, there is a crash that not only ruins this bright sunny day but the lives of family members, friends, and a community.  The of a child certainly leaves a lasting mark or scar that is never ever forgotten.
The other reported causes of death for both children and adults include the following:
*Poisoning;
*Falls;
*Choking;
*Drowning; and
*Fires / Burns.
With respect to drowning deaths in the United States, it is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4.  Because of this, it is especially important to monitor children in or near any water source from as big as an ocean to as small as a mere bucket of water.
When a child dies as a result of an automobile accident or any other these other cases, there may be a legal cause of action for the parents to pursue on behalf of the estate of the child.  Certainly, there is no replacement value at all for a child; however, the laws in each state address the procedure and cause of action when a child dies as a result of the negligence or fault of a person, business, school, day care center, summer camp, non-profit organization, or government entity.
The book titled – When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What a Parent Should Know After the Accident – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death, Compensation – Damages, and other topics. You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning.