Last month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new nationwide safety campaign—but it isn’t about drunk driving, cell phones or high-speed collisions.
It’s about babies.
The Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock campaign is an attempt to head off a heartbreaking national trend: every summer, dozens of children die of heatstroke inside of cars.
Many of these children are simply left unattended while parents dash into a store, office or elsewhere for a “quick” errand. Others may get into cars without a parent’s knowledge, or be left inside by accident because a parent thinks they’re already out.
Being trapped inside a hot car isn’t a risk only to babies. For all children under 14, it’s the leading non-collision cause of deaths in a vehicle. That’s particularly true in Florida, where summer temperatures routinely climb above 90 or even 100 degrees and clouds seem few and far between. With their small bodies, children’s body temperatures can escalate rapidly in the heat and they may die if they reach 107 degrees or more. Even when children survive, the side effects of heat stroke can be severe.
This trend is preventable. Clearly, parents should not intentionally leave their children inside of cars unattended—even with the windows “cracked.” But the precautions that parents (and other adults) can take go much further:
If a caretaker injures your child, even by accident, you have options. The lawyers of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can provide you with a free analysis of your case.