Spring Means Greater Risk for Naples Accidents in Hot Cars

by Carmen Dellutri on April 12, 2012

Fort myers personal injury attorneyAs warmer spring weather arrives in Naples, so does the risk of “hot car” accidents. These tragic accidents occur when a child is injured or killed from heat stroke after being left in an unattended vehicle.

As we have previously mentioned on this blog, parents and caregivers often think this could never happen to them. In fact, 52% of the cases happen unintentionally when parents are distracted or deviate from their normal routine and forget the child is in the back seat, according to SafeKids.org. Thirty percent of deaths occur when a child gains access to an unlocked vehicle and is unable to get out, and 17 percent occur when a child is left in the car for “just a few minutes” while the parent or caregiver runs an errand.

Thankfully, there are steps parents and caregivers can take to reduce the risk of a hot car accident. Several are detailed below:

  • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine whether a child is in trouble.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window open.
  • Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever you need to remove from the car, on the floor in front of a child in a backseat.  You will see your child when you open the rear door to reach for your belongings.
  • Set your cell phone reminder to be sure you dropped your child off at day care. There are also smart phone apps that you can download.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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