While we have regularly covered safe driving to keep your children safe, it is also important to remember the dangers of vehicles, even when you are not behind the wheel. A car, SUV or truck can be a hazard to you and your children while parked. To keep your family safe, it is important to remember the hidden dangers in and around your vehicle to prevent accidents and injury.
A vehicle is a large, heavy piece of machinery with electrical components, dangerous fumes, as well other attributes that could potentially put your child at risk. Whether your car is parked in the driveway or the garage, you should keep in mind that it could be dangerous to your loved ones. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are committed to keeping our community safe and preventing serious accidents and injury. We are dedicated to raising awareness about vehicle hazards that could threaten the safety of your loved ones.
When you purchased your vehicle, you probably looked for safety features. When you had children, you bought car seats and ensured that your vehicle was safe for driving. Sometimes the most obvious dangers are the ones we can forget. Here are five common dangers and tips from the Department of Transportation to keep your children safe around vehicles.
Prevent accidental back or “rollover.” Children are often the victims of back over accidents because drivers cannot see them when pulling out of the garage or the driveway. Remember to always know where your children are before you pull out. You should also use an emergency brake to prevent your car from rolling, especially if your driveway has a hill. When pulling out of a parking spot use your rear view and pay extra attention if there are children in the vicinity.
Seat Belt accidents and injuries. While a seat belt can prevent injury and death in a collision, it can also pose a hazard, especially to small children. Children can become entangled if they pull the seat belt out. Be sure that children are properly strapped into a car seat and never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
Heatstroke. Most of us have heard not to leave children in a vehicle unattended in a parked car. Despite these warnings, children die every year from heatstroke, either because they enter a vehicle without being noticed or they are left in a vehicle unattended. You should never allow your children to play near a vehicle or to climb in your car. Keep it locked from the outside and never leave your children unattended in a hot car.
Trunk injuries and entrapment. Truck related injuries and deaths are little known or talked about. Many parents do not realize that even small children know how to “pop” a trunk and climb in. A child trapped in a truck could suffer heatstroke, asphyxiation and possibly death. Never let your children play around an unlocked vehicle.
Power window accidents. Power windows can cause serious injury if the window closes on a finger, arm, or hand. In the most dangerous cases, children have suffered brain damage or death because they were strangled. You should use child safety locks and again, never let your children play in your vehicle unattended.
If your child has suffered an injury, contact the South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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