Backing Out Injuries

A study released by the University of Utah says children are up to two-and-a-half times more likely to be backed over by a minivan, SUV or truck than by a car.

The study finds that children are nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to be struck by a van than a car, and 53 percent more likely to be hit by a truck.

And the victims are more likely to be severely injured than those backed over by cars.

The university says this is the first time anyone has attempted to document the injury rate by type of vehicle.

The study used medical records and police reports of back-over injury data for Utah children under age ten from 1998 to 2003.

The findings are being published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care.