Warmer Temperatures Increase Risk of Heatstroke in Cape Coral Vehicles

by Carmen Dellutri on April 15, 2013

Sarasota personal injury lawyerAs the temperatures begin to climb higher this spring, it is important to remember the dangers of leaving a child in a hot vehicle. Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash-related fatalities involving children 14 and younger, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

SafeKids.org estimates that since 1998, more than 520 child fatalities were caused by heatstroke. This equals an average of 38 per year, or about one every 10 days. In 2011 alone, at least 33 U.S. children died after being left in unattended motor vehicles, while many more were injured.

These statistics highlight how quickly these tragedies can occur. Even cool temperatures in the 60s can cause the temperature to rise well above 110° Fahrenheit inside a vehicle. Even more alarming, the inside temperature can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.

With this in mind, we would like to remind parents and caregivers how to help prevent heatstroke:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.
  • If you are dropping your child off at childcare, and normally it's your spouse or partner who drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure the drop went according to plan.

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 Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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