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April 27, 1997
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Young Children Most At-Risk in Off-Road Backing Fatalities

Each year an average of 390 nonoccupants die in off-road crashes involving backing motor vehicles. These crashes happen somewhere other than on a public road, such as in private parking lots or driveways. Of this number, a disproportionately high percentage are children ages 1 to 4. This age group represents 6 percent of the U.S. population, yet accounts for 30 percent of all off-road backing fatalities. Children may be particularly vulnerable because their height makes them more difficult to see or because they do not understand the danger.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported these statistics in a February 1997 Research Note entitled "Nonoccupant Fatalities Associated with Backing Crashes." Obtaining exact numbers with this type of crash is difficult, since the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) records data only for fatal crashes that happen on public roads. These statistics, therefore, are an estimate of backing fatalities obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which tabulates data on the cause(s) of death shown on individual death certificates.

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