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The Pediatric Forum |

In the Hands of Children: Fatal Car, Van, and Truck Crashes Involving Drivers Aged 7 Through 14 Years

Larry Frisch, MD, MPH; Sarah Coate Johnston, MD; Kathy Melhorn, MD; Crystal Phillips Hill, MD; Mary Boyce, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(10):1032. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.10.1032-a.
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Automobile crashes are among the leading causes of death in children of all ages. Research has delineated a variety of risk factors that contribute to crashes involving teenage drivers,1,2 but very little attention has been given to crashes in which drivers are younger than 15 years.3 The present study reports a 5-year national analysis of crash deaths involving cars, vans, or trucks driven by children younger than 15 years and occurring on public-access roadways. The data were drawn from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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