Reference of this article: González Luque JC. Children injuries by traffic accidents in Spain: the magnitude of a preventable problem. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2007;9:133-47.
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Injuries are the main cause of child death in Europe. The mortality rate is twice the cancer?s
mortality, and eight times higher than respiratory diseases?. Although it remains the
main cause of mortality in Spain, the trend of traffic accidents involving children has descended
during the recent past years. The number of accidents involving children has fallen
by 25% in the last 10 years. This review describes the characteristics of traffic related child
fatality, the main factors related to the problem and the most effective preventive measures:
the correct use of child restraints systems (CRS) and helmets and the construction of
specific lanes and ?traffic-calming areas? for vulnerable road users. Finally, we describe some
useful recommendations for use in child health counselling, which has been shown efficient
to promote the use of CRS when it is associated with free-distribution interventions.
Keywords● Accident prevention ● Traffic ● Traffic crashes