Danger of Leaving Children in Cars Greater in Florida

by Carmen Dellutri on June 9, 2011

Florida personal injury attorneyLeaving a child alone in a car is always risky, but in the Florida heat, it can be deadly. A recent article in the Sun Sentinel reminded us that headlines about children dying in hot cars are becoming far too common.

Across the United States, 49 children—from 2 months to 6 years old—died last ear after being left in hot cars, a new record. This also brings the death toll to 495 children since 1998.

Florida, with its perpetually warm temperatures, consistently ranks as the second-worst state in the nation for deaths of kids in cars, according to Safe Kids USA. This is because it can take just 20 minutes for the inside of a closed car to heat up to a killer 109 degrees on an 80-degree day.

Here are a few steps parents can take to prevent a tragic accident.

  • Lock cars and trucks. Thirty percent of the recorded heat stroke deaths in the U.S. occur because a child was playing in an unattended vehicle.
  • Create reminders. Many child heat stroke deaths occur because parents and caregivers become distracted and exit their vehicle without their child.  To help prevent these tragedies parents can:
    • Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or something that is needed at your next stop on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This will help you see your child when you open the rear door and reach for your belongings.
    • Set the alarm on your cell phone/smartphone as a reminder to you to drop your child off at day care.
    • Set your computer calendar program to ask, "Did you drop off at daycare today?" Establish a plan with your daycare that if your child fails to arrive within an agreed upon time that you will be called within a few minutes.  Be especially mindful of your child if you change your routine for daycare.
  • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble. Check vehicles and trunks FIRST if a child is missing.

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 Florida motor vehicle accident or has suffered serious personal injury as the result of heat stroke, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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