Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (PRWEB) May 29, 2014
The car accident lawyers at Gordon & Doner are alerting Floridians about the dangers of leaving children in parked cars following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) launch of the “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” campaign.
In Florida, where temperatures are already in the mid-80s, the risk of heatstroke is much higher. Although vehicle temperatures outdoors may be in the low 80s, inside a vehicle it can become deadly within ten minutes. Additionally, a young child’s body heats up nearly five times as fast as an adult’s; when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees it can lead to death.
Gordon & Doner would like to remind drivers that the hot weather in the area can be extremely dangerous for young children and that parents need to always check their vehicles for additional passengers before exiting the vehicle.
Furthermore, parents should never leave their vehicles unlocked as children could get inside without a parent or caregiver’s knowledge.
Since 1998, more than 50 children in Florida have lost their lives due to vehicular heat stroke. Florida is consistently one of the states with the most heatstroke fatalities reported. According to the NHTSA* , 14 percent of parents have left a child alone inside a parked vehicle despite the risk of heatstroke.
Introduced on May 5, the NHTSA’s “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock” campaign aims at warning parents and caregivers that it doesn’t take long for a child to be affected by heat if they are left unattended in a park vehicle. This is the second year the administration has focused on this important issue.
The NHTSA also urges community members to call 911 or a local emergency number if they see a child left alone in a parked vehicle.
In the event of an accident or if your child has been incorrectly supervised by a caregiver and left unattended in a vehicle, you may be eligible to file a damages lawsuit. Interested parents can contact Gordon & Doner at 1-855-722-2552 or visits their website at http://www.fortheinjured.com.
About Gordon & Doner
For over 30 years, the attorneys of Gordon & Doner have been committed to helping all those who have been injured by the actions or negligence of another person or entity. The West Palm Beach, Florida-based personal injury law firm handles all types of personal injury claims including auto accident injuries, dangerous drug litigation, medical malpractice, product liability claims, premises liability and maritime law. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact Gordon & Doner by visiting fortheinjured.com or by calling 1 (855) 722-2552 today.
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