If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nAttorney\u00a0Ronald E. Johnson of Schachter & Hendy\u00a0concentrates on legal issues surrounding children's injuries.\r\nMany children are injured each year by accidents. What can parents do to protect their children from accidental and unintentional injuries?\r\nUSA Safe Kids\u00a0is an organization dedicated to helping children and their families. According to their website, the children at the\u00a0highest risk of injury are younger children, males, minorities, and poor children.\u00a0USA Safe Kids\u00a0feel it's important to educate parents about how they can protect their children and reduce this significant risk of injury.\r\nAccording to\u00a0USA Safe Kids,\u00a0children from low income families are twice as likely to die in a traffic accident, four times more likely to drown, and five times more likely to die as a result of a fire.\r\nThere are more than\u00a03.9 million children under age five living in poverty. Some of the factors that increase these young children's risk of injury, according to\u00a0USA Safe Kids:\r\n\r\n \tsingle-parent households\r\n \tlack of education\r\n \tyoung maternal age\r\n \tmultiple siblings\r\n \tsubstandard and overcrowded housing\r\n \tlack of safe recreational facilities\r\n \tproximity of housing to busy streets\r\n \tinadequate childcare or supervision\r\n \tincreased exposure to physical hazards\r\n \tlimited access to health care\r\n \tless likely to use safety devices due to lack of money\r\n\r\nNative American and Black children\u00a0\r\nUnfortunately, statistics show that death rates for children of low-income families are increasing, mostly from firearm and pedestrian injuries.\u00a0 The\u00a0USA Safe Kids\u00a0website also says that Black and Native American children have disproportionate death and injury rates due to:\r\n\r\n \thigher levels of poverty\r\n \tlower levels of education\r\n \temployment and income\r\n \tlack health insurance\r\n \thave difficulty obtaining appropriate and necessary medical care\r\n \thave lower incomes creating significant financial barriers to care\r\n \treceive care in hospital emergency rooms\r\n \tpractice fewer safety behaviors\r\n \tless likely to receive lifesaving preventive services\r\n\r\nAccording to\u00a0USA Safe Kids, more than 40% of Native American children are poor, and have the highest unintentional injury death rate in the US. Their statistics also show that more than 30% of black children live in poverty and have the second highest unintentional child injury death rate in the US.\r\nRural and Urban Children\r\nUSA Safe Kids\u00a0also says that children in rural areas have a greater risk of unintentional injuries and death, from drowning, traffic accidents, firearms, fires, and agricultural injuries. These children live in remote areas without access to medical facilities.\r\nChildren account for 20 percent of all injury-related farm fatalities and represent an even larger portion of nonfatal injuries, according to\u00a0USA Safe Kids.\r\nMale Children\r\nStatistics also show that young male children are at a greater risk of injury because of risk-taking and rougher play than females, said\u00a0USA.\r\nYoung Children\r\nUSA Safe Kids\u00a0says children ages 4 and under are at greater risk from unintentional injury-related death and disability and account for 49 percent of these deaths among children ages 14 and under. Babies have higher rates of death, mostly from suffocation, falls and car accidents, said the\u00a0USA website.\r\nPreschoolers are more likely to die from drowning, residential fire and burn injury, poisoning, motor vehicle occupant injury, pedestrian injury and airway obstruction injury, according to\u00a0USA.\r\nFor more information, go to: National\u00a0SAFE KIDS\u00a0Campaign (NSKC).\u00a0 Children at Risk Fact Sheet.\u00a0 Washington (DC): NSKC, 2004.