POSTED BY SAM MUKERJI ON September 1, 2014

It seems that no matter how hard we try to protect our children, there always seems to be a way for them to get injured. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), incidents such as burns, falls, drowning, poisonings and motor vehicle accidents are the most common reasons why American children end up suffering serious injuries or losing their lives.

Wrongful Child Injuries

In many situations, the serious injuries that children suffer are caused by the wrongful or negligent actions of others. Law firms that specialize in representing the parents of children who suffer traumatic injuries tend to handle a diversity of cases. From children getting hurt in school bus accidents to drowning in swimming pools at friend’s homes, and from poisonings to dog bites, there is often a chance that someone overlooked the duty we all have as a society to protect our young.

Taking a closer look at the statistics in the CDC Childhood Injury Report from 2000 to 2006, we can see some interesting trends appear in Texas. Here are some thought-provoking points from the report as they pertain to the Lone Star State:

  • There was an average of 1,126 annual deaths during the first years of the 21st century in Texas.
  • Sixty-five percent of deaths caused by injuries were suffered by young males.
  • The majority of injury deaths were caused by motor vehicle accidents.
  • The rate of unintentional injury deaths suffered by minors in Texas was 15 percent higher than the national average.

What These Statistics Teach Us

There are a few things we can glean about the statistics above; let’s begin with the fact that young males in Texas are dying at a much higher rate than their female counterparts. We know that more baby boys are born than baby girls, and we believe that this is a natural way to compensate for the high mortality rate among the males of the human species.

Why are young males more likely than young females to get injured and die? Could it be that boys in Texas are carelessly encouraged by their parents to engage in manly activities that put their safety at risk? If anything, the CDC report reveals that motor vehicle deaths are the leading cause of injury deaths among minors, which cannot be thought of as an indictment on young drivers since we do not know how many of them were involved in fatal accidents.

Drivers and Passengers

What we can unequivocally assume is that motor vehicle safety should be practiced constantly, and that it should be taught at a very early age. Both drivers and passengers share responsibilities when they are on the road, and it goes without saying that adult drivers are doubly responsible when children are their passengers.

Get Compensation Today

If your child has been injured due to neglect, then you need to take action right away. You may be entitled to compensation, but failure to hire an attorney right away may cause you to lose your case. The longer one waits to file a lawsuit, the more that the evidence will disappear.

innocence of a child by edward musiak / CC BY-SA 2.0

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