The U.S. Has One of The Highest Death Rates For Children Killed By Car Or Firearm

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Source: NPR

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the biggest causes of death for children ages 1 to 9 in the U.S. is injury by car followed by injury by firearm.

Researchers examined U.S. data from the deaths of more than 20,000 children in 2016. The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that compared to children in other wealthy countries, children in the U.S. were much more likely to die by these two primary injuries (see chart from NPR).

While efforts to improve road safety and driving with children have helped to reduce deaths by car over the years, there have been far fewer to no efforts to reduce injuries caused by firearms, say researchers. In fact there has been a drastic increase in firearm injury over the last several years.

When comparing data, researchers found that the death rate in the U.S. for children killed by firearms is at about 4 children for every 100,000 while in other wealthy countries it is about .11 deaths for every 100,000.

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