We’re seeing temperatures in the 90s, and while that may serve up the perfect weather for outdoor waterworks, it’s also serving up some serious dangers for children and heat stroke.
We’re specifically focusing on heat stroke in vehicles.
According to MSN, there have been 20 child fatalities in the U.S. already this year because children were left in hot vehicles unattended. Last year, there were 33 fatalities, and we’re well on our way to meeting those unfortunate numbers, unless we do something now!
Our Charlotte child injury lawyers understand that many of these accidents were complete mistakes, and many of these accidents could have been prevented. Oftentimes the most loving and caring parents unintentionally leave their children behind in an unattended vehicle, and disaster strikes.
How does this happen? The heating dynamics in passenger vehicles are much different that those in other forms of transportation. The windows in our vehicles act as a catalyst for serious temperature increases inside of the vehicle. And while many believe that the exterior color of the vehicle plays a big role in how quickly the car heats up, it’s actually the interior (dark colors and leather) that can work to make the car hotter faster.
You might underestimate the risks, too. Unfortunately, a child’s body is not able to cool itself as quickly as our adult bodies. It only takes a matter of minutes for disaster to strike.
So what is heat stroke?
Heatstroke is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. You are considered to have heatstroke when your body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher. High humidity, certain health problems and some medications increase your risk of heatstroke. So does being a young child or older adult.
When you’re inside of a vehicle, you don’t have a large time frame to escape the effects of heat stroke — as it can strike in a matter of minutes.
According to recent studies, the interior of vehicles can jump nearly 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. In the matter of an hour or two, the temps can rise nearly 50 degrees.
Pets, like children, also have a tougher time cooling themselves off in extreme heat im comparison to adults. Each and every year, there are thousands of animals lost to heat stroke when left inside a hot vehicle. And believe it or not, but pets are better protected by safe laws than children in today’s legal system.
Currently, more states have laws to keep pets out of hot cars than the less than 20 states with laws on the books to keep children out of hot cars.
Before you get out of the car, lock up and walk away, we’re asking that you check all the seats in your car for a child. Oftentimes they can be left behind when quiet or sleeping. Parents just forget. Well, don’t let it happen to you. Look around and save a life!
If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
North Carolina Traffic Accidents Involving Children — a Look at the Facts, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 20, 2013