Child Death Review


Alabama's greatest resource is its children. The Alabama Child Death Review System (ACDRS) was created on September 11, 1997, in order to review, evaluate, and prevent cases of unexpected and unexplained child death. ACDRS's mission is to understand how and why children die in Alabama, in order to prevent other child deaths.

ACDRS, which includes both state and local child death review teams, focuses on prevention through statistical analysis, education, advocacy efforts, and local community involvement.

State Team Meetings

The next meeting will be Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Alabama Industrial Development Training Center in Montgomery, Alabama from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Get more information as well as past meeting minutes at State Team Meetings.


Teen Driving and ATV Safety

Vehicular fatalities are, by far, the single largest category of child deaths, accounting for almost half of all deaths ACDRS reviews. Many of these deaths involve teenage drivers, and teen driving safety is an issue of growing concern in Alabama. Alabama is currently the second worst state in the nation for teen driver fatalities. Teen Driving is dedicated to helping teens become better-informed and, in turn, safer drivers.

Children younger than 16 are twice as likely to be injured while riding an Adult ATV than a Youth ATV. The American Academy of Peditricians does not recommend ATV use for children and teens 16 or younger. By following these key safety tips, hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries related to ATVs could be prevented.

Child Safety Seats

carseatsafety.jpgThirty-five percent of children under the age of 13 killed in car crashes in 2015 were not in car seats, booster seats or seat belts. Children are more likely than adults to be injured because they have softer bones, weaker neck muscles, and more fragile bodies. Children have larger heads in proportion to their bodies. This is why children 13 and under should always ride in the back seat of a vehicle.

Child safety seats help prevent death and injury in the case of a crash. 248 children under 5 were saved by car seats in 2015. In sudden stops, unrestrained passengers keep moving at the speed the vehicle is traveling until they hit something. The majority of injuries to children are the result of being thrown into a windshield or dashboard, crushed by an adult, or thrown from the vehicle. In the event of a crash, an unrestrained child becomes like a missile that is thrown with great force.

Four out of five children are improperly restrained in their safety seats. Get free help with your car seat by finding a certified car seat technician in your community. Learn more about child safety seats and how to find a child safety seat inspection by visiting our Injury Prevention Branch.

Page last updated: October 30, 2019