Automobile crashes are among the leading causes of death in children of all ages. Research has de- lineated a variety of risk factors that contribute to crashes involving teenage drivers, but very little at- tention has been given to crashes in which drivers are younger than 15 years. The present study reports a 5-year national analysis of crash deaths involving cars, vans, or trucks driven by children younger than 15 years and oc- curring on public-access roadways. The data were drawn from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra- tion’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). This study excludes crashes in which children were driving farm equipment, all-terrain vehicles, motor- cycles, dune buggies, or go-carts—even when these were operated on public roadways. Vehicle crashes involving cars, vans, or trucks but occurring on private property inaccessible to the public were also excluded.
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