Car crashes into Kansas City daycare, injuring four
Parents of children attending the Christian Academy Child Care in Kansas City learned of the car accident after receiving calls following the crash that sent a parked car into the building.
August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Car crashes into Kansas City daycare, injuring four
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When a parent drops a child off at daycare in the morning, perhaps the last thing on the parent's mind is the notion that a vehicle could crash through the walls of the facility and hurt the children inside. However, that was exactly what horrified parents had to contend with on an afternoon in late July. Parents of children attending the Christian Academy Child Care in Kansas City learned of the car accident after receiving calls from the daycare following the crash that sent a parked car into the building.
Although police are still investigating, there are some facts known about what happened that afternoon. According to the Kansas City Star, a 74-year-old driver of a Range Rover SUV lost control of the vehicle and struck the back of a parked Cadillac, which knocked over a utility pole before crashing into the building housing the child care center. The Cadillac was unoccupied when the Range Rover struck it.
The Cadillac was pushed through the wall of the daycare center into the nap area. There were approximately 40 children in the building at the time. Two children were trapped for a short time under the car, and a third child was also taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during the collision. The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was also hurt in the crash. A Children's Mercy Hospital spokeswoman reported that the three children were treated for mild-to-moderate injuries, according to the Kansas City Star. Of the children who were injured, two of them were two years old while the third was five years old. The most seriously injured child suffered a broken hip.
While the exact cause of the crash is still unclear, one factor may have been the driver's age. As people get older, they experience changes in vision and cognitive functioning. The risk of being injured or killed in a car accident increases as a person ages. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study on older adult drivers reported that, in 2008, 15 elderly drivers died each day on average and 500 injured in motor vehicle crashes that year. Many states have special requirements for renewing drivers' licenses for people over a certain age. However, there is no hard-and-fast rule about older drivers. Some people drive well into their 80s, while other drivers start experiencing problems years before.
Red flags for older drivers
As identified by SeniorDriving.AAA.com, several red flags exist to determine whether a senior should continue driving; these include:
-Slow response times.
-Running stop signs.
-Drifting from lane to lane.
-Other motorists frequently honking at the senior's driving.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in which you suffer injuries and property damage due to another driver's negligence, you should contact a local attorney who has experience in personal injury law. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options under the law.
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