Children at Greater Risk of Serious Injury When Riding with Young Drivers

June 20, 2008

Research findings suggest that older children (ages 8 to 15) are at greater risk of suffering serious injuries and fatalities than the other child age groups. This higher vulnerability is likely due in part to lower rates of restraint usage among child passengers in this age group. In addition, children are at greater risk of serious
or fatal injuries when riding with young drivers. A recent report, Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Children 2007, published by the Indiana University Center Criminal Justice Research summarizes data trends, safety legislation, and other research at the national, state, and local levels on traffic collisions involving children between 2003 and 2007.