Older Children (ages 8 to 15) are at Greater Risk of Suffering Serious Injuries and Fatalities in Traffic Collisions

June 15, 2009

In 2008, over 6,000 children (ages 0 to 15) were involved in Indiana motor vehicle collisions, nearly a 10 percent decrease from 2007. Approximately 5 percent of these individuals experienced serious or life threatening injuries, 47 were fatal and 249 were reported as incapacitating. Research findings suggest that older children (ages 8 to 15) are at greater risk of suffering serious injuries and fatalities in Indiana traffic collisions. This report, published by the Center for Criminal Justice Research, summarizes data trends and safety legislation at the national, state, and local levels on traffic collisions involving children between 2004 and 2008. Indiana data were extracted from the Indiana State Police Automated Reporting Information Exchange System (ARIES), as of March 1, 2009.