Motor Vehicle Safety

 Motor Vehicle Crashes (MVC) are the second leading mechanism of traumatic injuries treated by Genesis’ Trauma Services, and they continue to be the leading cause of death for individuals over the age of 4 nationally.   Many of these crashes are preventable. Find out more safety information broken down by age below.

Newborn to 4 Years of Age

Correctly and consistently using car seats can reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).  The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that children stay rear-facing in their car seats until they reach the age of 2.  The following links describe in detail the current recommendations for your children.  



4 to 8 Years of Age

8 to 12 Years of Age

  • Children under the age of 13 are safest riding in the back seat of a vehicle. Until the age of 13, children's bodies are not mature enough to handle the forces of an accident in the front seat of a car.

13 Years and Older

Teen Driving Resources:


Defensive driving training is available locally and online. Completion certificates may provide discounts with multiple insurance companies.