The National Safety Council mission is “to educate and influence people to prevent accidental injury and death.” To that end, they want to let parents, caregivers, and motorists that often the most deadliest car/pedestrian accidents occur in one’s own driveway.
Every year, more than 100 children are killed and thousands more are injured when a car backs over them, often in their own driveway. The NSC cautions drivers to walk around their car before backing out and making sure drivers know where children and pets are before backing out.
Now that the temperature is getting warmer in the Seattle–Bellevue–Tacoma metropolitan area, parents, grandparents and caregivers are reminded to not leave a child unattended in a car. In 70º weather, the temperature in a car can rise much higher than that in a short period of time and small children and pets are susceptible to heatstroke which can result in a serious injury including brain injury and even death.
Several times a year, one will read a heart wrenching story about a harried parent forgetting their child and leaving them in the car while they go to work. Some times a change of routine, a harried morning or some other cause will cause the parent to have a lapse and forget their child. The consequences are devastating. The NSC suggests to parents that they do something to remind themselves that a child is in the back seat. For example, a woman could leave her purse in the back seat or a stuffed toy or some other reminder can be placed in the front seat as a reminder.
This information is provided by the Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We present people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the families of those killed.