More than 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring children under 12 to wear protective eyewear while traveling in vehicles, according to a new study.
The National Association of Child Protection and Advocacy reports that more than 2.3 million children under the age of 12 have been killed in vehicle crashes in the United States since 2002.
More than half of those deaths were caused by children under 14.
In contrast, nearly 90,000 children have died in vehicle-related crashes in 2015, according the National Safety Council.
This means that more children are killed in car crashes than in any other cause, the association said.
The study used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to estimate the number of children under 18 killed in traffic accidents, based on data collected from accident reconstruction teams nationwide.
The researchers compared those numbers with the number who were killed in the most severe accidents.
The results show that while fewer children were killed overall, they were more likely to die in extreme crashes, the researchers found.
The data also showed that children were more at risk of death in the worst-case scenario than children were in the middle of the worst, they said.
About 17 percent of children ages 13 to 17 were killed during the most extreme crashes.
About 12 percent of those were killed by cars, according, the study.
“The statistics are staggering.
We know that children are at greater risk of crash fatalities when they’re driving at the most vulnerable time,” said the study’s lead author, Robert B. Jones, a child protection expert at the National Center for Children in Motor Vehicles.
“That’s why we need to make sure that all our kids have helmets, seat belts, airbags and other safety equipment.”
Jones said the research found that children under 16 are less likely to be injured in a crash.
“We know from other studies that the children are not the primary victims,” Jones said.
“They are the ones in the front seat.
The study found that more young children were injured in car accidents than in the same age group as the driver, but that children ages 15 to 17 had the highest injury rate. “
And they’re not in the best position to respond.”
The study found that more young children were injured in car accidents than in the same age group as the driver, but that children ages 15 to 17 had the highest injury rate.
Among children ages 2 to 4, a total of 11 percent of fatalities occurred in crashes at speeds of 35 mph or more.
Among 3 to 5-year-olds, 5 percent of the crashes occurred at speeds in excess of 50 mph, and 12 percent occurred at 55 mph.
The numbers for children ages 6 to 12 were much lower, with about 3 percent of all crashes occurring at speeds between 30 mph and 50 mph.
But in the highest speeds, the number was about half of that for children, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said.
For the first time, the organization surveyed nearly 4,000 people ages 13-17 in 2017, and found that the vast majority of drivers were under the legal age to drive.
Jones said that the study should have provided a clearer picture of the number and severity of crashes that occurred in each age group.
“These findings have serious implications for the safety of children and young people in cars and all vehicles,” the group said in a statement.
“This means that all children need to wear eye protection while traveling.”
Jones called for states to require that all drivers, regardless of age, wear helmets at all times.
He said that mandatory helmet requirements are needed because “driving is a very dangerous activity that can kill people and seriously injure people.”
“I think that’s what is really driving this to a higher state level,” Jones told CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday.
“It is a safety issue.”
He said he believes the study is just the tip of the iceberg.
“I would say that the overall number of deaths from all crashes in this country, in the U.S. and globally, are way out of whack,” he said.
Jones is an advocate for the rights of children, who have been injured or killed in accidents, and said that his research will help educate lawmakers and regulators on the need for mandatory helmets.
“In all of our work we have been concerned about the safety and the health and safety of our children,” he told CNN.
“There are too many deaths of children in our country.”
Jones also said that children should be required to wear the face shield, seat belt and air bag as soon as possible.
“When you have children traveling in cars, that is where you need to be wearing that,” he added.
“Even if they’re wearing a helmet, you still need to have the seat belt, you need the air bag, you have to have some kind of protective gear.”
Jones added that children who die in crashes should be treated as seriously as the victims, not as victims.
“Children have the capacity to make mistakes,” Jones added.