According to The Kansas City Star, a 10-year-old girl was killed in a single-car rollover car accident In Kansas City, Kansas on Interstate 70.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the 39-year-old driver was heading east on the Interstate in an SUV when she drove into a guardrail. The accident sent the SUV into the air, flipping it until it landed right-side up. According to the accident report, the adult driver was wearing a seat belt, but the young passenger was not. The 10-year-old was killed.
Car accidents continue to be the number one killer of children under the age of 15. It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to make sure that children are properly restrained during every single car ride. Children who are not buckled in correctly face a serious risk for death in the event of a car accident. Their little bodies are unable to sustain impact as well as adult bodies.
Our Kansas City, Kansas car accident attorneys would like to tell you about Chuggington, a new video series that will help to keep your child safe when traveling among or traveling near traffic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has joined forces with the animated series to help push safe traveling habits among children and their parents. The Chuggington safety campaign includes a child-safety pledge and downloadable activities and tips for parents to share with their young ones.
"This exciting partnership with Chuggington will help us bring our traffic safety message to young children and parents alike," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The new series will include tips pertaining to the following:
-Safe pedestrian habits.
-Safe biking habits.
-Safe school bus habits.
-Child restraint information.
In 2009, there were approximately 1,300 children who were killed in car accidents. Another 179,000 of these young passengers were injured in these incidents. There were nearly 300 young pedestrian fatalities in 2007. Another 115,000 of these young walkers and bikers were injured in these incidents. The new partnership between the NHTSA and Chuggington aims to help educate our young ones and parents in an attempt to reduce these risks.
Throughout the series, the characters will be rewarded with safety badges for performing safe traveling habits. Your child will also have their own chance to earn an 'official' Chuggington Traffic Safety badge after taking the "The 'Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!' safety pledge.
The new series was released to help to supplement National Child Passenger Safety Week, which was used to help to get parents to examine their child's car seat to assure that it's the appropriate size and is being used correctly. You can still visit a child's car seat inspection location in Missouri to have a certified technician look into your child's seat and to help to you make sure that you child is safely buckled in during every trip.
We know that child seats keep kids safe, we've just got to make sure that parents and caregivers are using them correctly. Parents are asked to sit down with their children and enjoy the Chuggington series to help kids to retain lifelong safety habits. Teaching your young one safe traveling habits at an early age is one of the best ways to help ensure their safety for a lifetime.
If you or your child has been injured in a car or pedestrian accident in Kansas City, Kansas, report the accident and keep all police and medical records. Contact a Kansas City car accident lawyer for help. Ask Aaron Sachs & Associates PC for a no cost, no obligation consultation.
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