Distraction and forgetfulness seem to be major issues in today’s society. Distraction is especially dangerous when it comes to driving and cars. People are so busy or obsessed with social media that time and time again, we see stories on our local news where children are actually left in a vehicle, eventually dying due to overheating or hyperthermia. Parents, caregivers, and guardians of children left in vehicles claim they were distracted and forgot the child was in the car, leading to horrific and preventable deaths.
Distraction Caused Fatalities
Unfortunately, incidents of forgetting a child in a vehicle are becoming more common. Distracted driving and forgetfulness are common due to the technology used today as well as schedules of parents or guardians. Factors that can contribute to leaving a child in a vehicle can include:
- Talking on a mobile phone
- Distracted by other children
- Running multiple errands
- Change in daily schedule
The death of a child left in a vehicle is 100% preventable. Such deaths are the result of distraction and multitasking. There are safeguards that individuals can put in place to ensure a child is never left in a vehicle. Placing items in the back of the car that has to be removed is a common way to remember the child is in the back seat. Wireless sensors can also be placed on the car seat or seatbelt of a child that can create an alert when the adult has left the vehicle without the child.
To ensure the safety of a child, parents, as well as caregivers or guardians, must give up the distractions that can lead to leaving a child in the vehicle. Such distractions, like using a smartphone, must be avoided in a vehicle to ensure personal safety as well as the safety of other passengers and others on the roadways.
Prevent Distraction-Caused Deaths
Hyperthermia and heat-related deaths of a child are completely preventable. Drivers should make changes to have the presence of mind while driving. It is crucial to be aware when driving with children. Be mentally present and aware at all times. Even if you are not physically holding a cellphone, you could be distracted by a hands-free device or talking to another passenger. Avoid such distractions so that you can keep everyone in your vehicle safe.
Ensure that anyone who drives with your child is ready to avoid distractions and will take great care when traveling with your children.
If you or a loved one have been affected by distracted driving and a child has suffered injury or died due to a preventable accident, you have the right to file a claim. Contact Cueria Law Firm to schedule a consultation so we can begin to build a case.