More children are dying in accidents in Kentucky even though child death rates are falling nationwide.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky ranks 42nd in a national child well-being survey. Researchers say car and ATV crashes, fires homicides, and other accidental injuries kill more Kentucky children than any diseases. From 2000 to 2005, 7,000 children were hurt or killed in car accidents alone.
Researchers say the prevention is often cheap and simple like buckling a seat belt, putting on a helmet, or installing a smoke alarm.