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New Study Sheds Light on Children and Amusement Park Injuries

A study released in the May issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics provides some comprehensive new statistics about amusement park, carnival and mall rides around the country. Researchers working for the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital looked at 20 years of data on children involved in accidents from various amusement park and similar types of rides. The research shows that, on average, 4400 children seek medical attention every year for injuries sustained on rides.

A vast majority of these child injuries occurred during summer months. More than 70 percent of the total yearly injuries occurred between May and September, a percentage that works out to more than 20 injuries per day, or one every two hours. This is no surprise as festivals, carnivals, and amusement parks are primarily open during warmer months.

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Boating Accident Statistics

Posted on September 6, 2013

Boating Accident Statistics

There is arguably nothing more relaxing than spending an enjoyable sunny day aboard a boat. Whether it is in the ocean, on a river, or on a lake, recreational boating is a pastime enjoyed by millions of people in the U.S. each year.

Unfortunately, the enjoyment of boating can suddenly be disrupted by unpredictable factors, such as severe weather or strong currents, both of which can compromise the safety of those aboard a boat. Other factors can also impact safety, including operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure. In fact, those factors represent the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents, according to statistics from the United States Coast Guard.

In 2011, the Coast Guard recorded 4,588 recreational boating accidents, the majority of which occurred to motorboats, personal watercraft, and cabin motorboats. These accidents resulted in 3,081 injuries and 758 deaths. The corresponding fatality rate was 6.2 deaths for every 100,000 registered recreational vessels, which represented a nearly 15% increase over the 2010 rate (5.4 deaths per 100,000).

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