Motor Vehicle Injury
Motor vehicle traffic crashes are the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1-14. On average, 40 Colorado children ages 0-14 die as occupants in motor vehicle crashes each year, representing 37 percent of all injury deaths in this age group. Motor vehicle traffic crashes are the 2nd leading cause of injury hospitalization for children in this age group. Approximately, 275 children ages 0-14 are hospitalized each year for injuries sustained as an occupant in a motor vehicle crash, representing 14 percent of all childhood injury hospitalizations in this age group.
In Colorado, 55 percent of injury deaths and 32 percent of injury hospitalizations involving 16-17 year olds are due to motor vehicle crashes. Nearly two-thirds of the 16- to 20 year olds who died as a result of a motor vehicle crash were not using seat belts. Nearly 80 percent of the teen passengers who died were in crashes that involved teen drivers.
Injuries due to motor vehicle occupant crashes can be prevented.
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