Fort Myers Accident Attorney: NHTSA Releases PSA About Dangers of Hot Cars

by Carmen Dellutri on May 7, 2012

Fort Myers injury attorneyAs Fort Myers accident attorneys, we know that the risk for heatstroke for kids in cars is increasing as summer approaches. That’s why we want to share the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first-ever national campaign to get the message out about the harmful and potentially fatal effects of leaving children in hot vehicles.

In 2011, at least 33 children died in heatstroke-related deaths when they were left in unattended vehicles.  Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash related death for children 14 and younger, representing 61% of total non-crash fatalities in this age group.

These accidents are tragic because they are completely preventable. As NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said, "While parents are the first line of defense when it comes to preventing heatstroke in hot cars, everyone in the community has a role to play in keeping kids safe."

As part of the campaign, the NHTSA will launch a series of advertisements as well as a tool kit to use to help spread this safety message. Later this summer, NHTSA will release its findings on the effectiveness of after-market products that are intended to prevent a child from being unintentionally left behind in an enclosed vehicle.

As a reminder, below are some Hyperthermia Prevention Safety Tips:

  • Never leave infants or young children unattended in a vehicle—even if you leave the windows partly open or the air conditioning on.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.
  • Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as:
  1. Writing yourself a note and putting it where you will see it when you leave the vehicle;
  2. Placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back when you leave the vehicle;
  3. Keeping an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. When the child is buckled in, place the object where you'll notice it when leaving the vehicle.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

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

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

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