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Prevent Tragic & Deadly Heat Suffocation in Cars, Montlick & Associates

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Prevent Tragic & Deadly Heat Suffocation - Never Leave Your Child Unattended in a Car!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children under 14. In this week's ABC News segment, Montlick & Associates Family Safety Advocate Jacquie Palisi, is joined by special guest, Amanda Walpole of Safe Kids Cobb County, for a review of important steps that parents can take to protect children from deadly heatstroke after being left accidentally in a car. This is a must-see video for all parents with small children!


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Parents Please Look Before You Leave
Billboard displayed in several cities throughout Georgia

Montlick & Associates, Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers, Launches New Public Service Campaign to Help Prevent Heat Stroke Deaths in Cars

Tragic instances of adults leaving their children in cars in the summer heat have repeated themselves every year, and sadly 2012 is no exception. To help prevent future deaths and injuries, the Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers from Montlick & Associates, have launched a new public service campaign to help educate families about the dangers of heatstroke and to promote safe practices among drivers of small children. Since 1998, more than 500 children across the U.S. have died from hyperthermia when unattended in a vehicle. More than half of these reported heat stroke deaths occurred when a distracted caregiver forgot their child was in the car or truck.

In the video posted at the top of this page, Amanda Walpole of Safe Kids Cobb County joins Montlick & Associates Family Safety Advocate, Jacquie Palisi, in a special appearance on WSB-TV, Channel 2 Atlanta to kick off a new public service campaign that urges drivers to adopt a strict "look before you leave" policy whenever driving small children. Says Palisi, "One of the most tragic news stories that we hear, is when a child is left behind in an unattended vehicle, and dies from heat stroke. The pain that a family goes through losing a child in this way is just beyond words. We hope no family ever has to go through that, and that is why we have launched this new public service campaign that airs on TV stations in Atlanta, and is also being promoted on outdoor billboards throughout the state."

Recommendations and information provided in the firm's latest public service campaign include the following:

  • Drivers with young children need to make a firm commitment to NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Not even for one minute. Not even with the window slightly open.
  • Even on mild days, when the outside temperature is only 70 for example, if the sun is out, the inside of the car can easily reach 180 degrees or more. This can be fatal for a child left unattended for even a few minutes.
  • One preventative measure is to take something that you're going to need at your next stop - a purse, lunch, gym bag or briefcase for example - and place it on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting.
  • Another measure is to keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat when not in use. When your child is riding with you, place the toy in the front to remind you that your child is in the backseat.
  • The new campaign also urges the public to dial 911 immediately, whenever a child is spotted unattended in a car.

As part of our mission to be the best personal injury law firm in Georgia and throughout the entire Southeast, the attorneys at Montlick and Associates fight hard to get the best results for clients who suffer injury due to auto accidents, work accidents, injuries from defective products, and all other types of cases, including those involving wrongful conduct and wrongful death. If your teen is seriously injured or suffers wrongful death in a prom night auto accident in Atlanta or elsewhere throughout Georgia or the Southeast, our lawyers will work in your best interests to help you obtain all the compensation your child deserves. Our experienced Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers are also available to assist clients who have questions on how to handle an auto accident claim, how to file a worker's compensation claim, or handle a dispute regarding social security benefits. We serve clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Heat Suffocation

Always Look Before You Leave! Even on mild days, if the sun is out, the inside of the car can easily reach 180 degrees or more. This can be fatal for a child left unattended for even a few minutes.

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