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Doctors Concerned About Increase Of Children Hit By Cars

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Jun 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:01:50-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Last summer 31 children were treated in the emergency room at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt after being hit by cars.

This year, pediatric emergency doctors say they've already treated a high number of children for the same reason. The majority of the accidents are happening in parking lots and driveways.

“Children are going to be playing outdoors and are not aware of their surroundings but as adults we are absolutely responsible for our their well being so it takes effort on our parts to recognize where our children are at play,” said Dr. Cristina Estrada.

Doctor Estrada said parents should always hold hands with children when walking through a parking lot and they should never cross the street alone.

Drivers should check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or a parking space.