In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the driver of a van stopped for a red light on Bristol Street in Santa Ana. When the signal changed and he accelerated, the door to the van slid open and his 4-year-old boy fell out. Paramedics rushed the boy to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery, but the child died from his injuries. The Orange County Register reported this fatal California injury.
Santa Ana Police are investigating the tragic van accident. Witnesses are urged to contact Cpl. John Crews at 714-245-8217.
In the United States, injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Properly securing children in car seats reduces the risk of serious or fatal child injuries by more than 50 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The newspaper’s California injury report noted that witnesses claimed the boy was in his car seat before the accident occurred. If this was the case, explains an Orange County accident lawyer, there may have been a manufacturer defect with the child seat or it may not have been used correctly. The improper use of child seats is a prevalent problem, resulting in numerous accidents each year, according to the CDC. It is important to secure children in seats that are appropriate to their age and size.
The Orange County accident lawyers at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of the boy. They will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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