A car accident is a scary time in anyone's life, and they are perhaps more concerning when children are involved. Nobody wants to see a child hurt, and kids themselves may have trouble understanding why an accident happened. This notion may be especially concerning for drivers in South Dakota and Iowa, where a higher percentage of children under the age of 15 die as a result of car crashes when compared to other states.
Alarming new data from researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center studied how children were affected by car accidents from 2010 to 2014. The data shows that children die in 16 percent of crashes nationwide. However, the fatality rate was nearly 1 in 4 for children in South Dakota and Iowa. Why is this the case?