May 29, 2012
According to KSDK News, approximately 40 children die each year after being left in a hot vehicle. A fatality can result in as little as 10 minutes in temperatures of just 80 degrees. This fact, combined with the summer heat slowly creeping into the Texas area, has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to partner with local organizations across the nation to spread their message of “Look Before You Lock”.
The campaign aims to educate parents on the importance of making sure children are out of the vehicle by always looking in the backseat before locking up. It also teaches motorists to always lock their vehicles when parked, even in secure locations, to keep children from getting inside a car while unattended, as a large percentage of overheating deaths are associated with unsupervised children becoming trapped in a car that was unlocked.
Other tips being offered are to always start the car up and run the air conditioning for several minutes before loading your children into the vehicle and to always park in the shade when it’s an option.
Texas leads the nation in accidents that result in a child’s death from overheating.
The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers would also suggest using a tool as a reminder, such as a stuffed animal on the dashboard, to help prevent these types of Texas Car Accidents.