This past week's accidents and tragedies have some sharp contrasts. From a teen who was snowboarding on a groomed trail with a helmet, taking all safety precautions, and still suffering injuries she didn't survive, to kids almost not having a chance - being ejected from cars because they didn't have the minimum safety of a car seat or seat belts. Other accidents and tragedies include:
- a 17-year-old in Oregon who died while snowboarding, when she veered off course and hit a tree at Mt. Hood Skibowl
- a 2-year-old in Virginia who was seriously injured after he was ejected from the car he was riding in with his father after an accident. Neither he, nor his 7-year-old brother were properly secured in car seats.
- a 2-year-old in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma who died when she was run over by her uncle in the family's driveway as he was backing up
- an 18-month-old who died in New River, Arizona after he was run over as his grandfather was backing out of the driveway
- a 15-year-old who was shot in a hunting accident in Starr, South Carolina, requiring him to be airlifted from the area and to have emergency surgery at a nearby hospital.
- a 9-year-old in Orem, Utah who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling 12 to 15 feet from the top of a playground slide
- a 3-year-old in Richmond, Missouri who died after her neck became tangled in a jump rope that was tied on a playground slide - a rope that other children had been using to climb up the slide and around the playground equipment
- two kindergarteners who were injured in separate incidents on a 6-foot playground slide in Wahpeton, North Dakota and suffered mild head injuries
- a 17-month-old just outside of Rangley, Colorado who was run over and died as his father backed up a front end loader on their farm
- a 2-year-old in North Carolina who died after he was ejected from an SUV after an accident. He was not in a car seat.
- a 15-year-old died while skateboarding down a hill in San Pedro, California - the second teen skateboarding death in the past few months.
- a 12-year-old in Spanish Springs, Nevada was seriously injured after he fall while riding his bike and trying to grab onto a passing SUV
- two children, including a 3-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, who were critically injured in a house fire in Winston-Salem, North Carolina - they had been left home alone
- an 18-month-old boy who was mauled by four dogs at his grandparent's home near Fort Worth, Texas, causing numerous bite wounds to his face and ears
Help prevent these types of accidents and tragedies and others - think about keeping your kids safe. Does your car or SUV have a rear view camera to prevent backover tragedies? Do you encourage your kids to wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding, and skiing, etc? Do you follow the latest car seat guidelines when your kids get in the car? Are your younger kids supervised around dogs, even family pets?