Tragic Florida Accident: Cape Coral Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car

by Carmen Dellutri on August 24, 2011

Naples personal injury attorneyAs we have mentioned on this blog, small children and hot cars are often a deadly combination. In 2010, a record number of children (49) died after being left unattended in vehicles.

Just last week, two accidents were reported involving children left in cars in southwest Florida, according to WINK News. While law enforcement officials were able to rescue one infant in time, sadly, another baby in Cape Coral died. Temperatures that day had heat indexes near 105°.

Unfortunately, this is an all too common occurrence. Florida ranks second in the number of children who die as a result of being left in a hot car, second only to Texas. In the last decade in Lee County, five children have died from being left in cars, two of them in the last year.

In Florida, it is illegal to leave a child under the age of 6 unattended or unsupervised in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes.

Experts warn, however, that children should not be left in a vehicle, even for a few minutes. That’s because temperature in cars, even with the windows open, can quickly reach 140 degrees.

For tips on how to prevent this type of accident, please see our previous blog post available here.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child has been seriously injured after being left in a hot car, 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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