Vehicular Heatstroke Accident
Jed Dietrich, Esq., Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and His Team of Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Will Fight to Obtain the Best Result for Your Buffalo, New York Vehicular Heatstroke Claim.
Each year the news reports countless hot car deaths across the country. Despite the often chilly and snowy Western New York climate, the summers can be blisteringly hot and humid. As a result, Western New Yorkers still run the risk of being involved in incidents related to heatstroke in cars. These incidents can cause serious harm to victims, and while not all of these incidents end in death, tragedy is, unfortunately, common.
If you, or a loved one, suffered a serious personal injury or death in a vehicular heatstroke incident, you might be entitled to compensation. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of Buffalo, New York vehicular heatstroke injury attorneys will fight to obtain the best possible result for you. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 716-839-3939 or by going online.Heatstroke In Cars
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in a single recent year, more than 50 children died from vehicular heatstroke accidents. Children are much more likely to experience heatstroke than adults. This is because the body temperature of a child rises three to five times as fast as the body temperature of an adult. As a result, most of the heatstroke in car deaths each year are young children.
The Mayo Clinic states that heatstroke occurs when a person’s body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Some of the symptoms of heatstroke indicated by the Mayo Clinic include:
- High body temperature;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Rapid heart rate; and
- Rapid breathing.
If you believe someone is suffering from heatstroke, it is imperative that they receive emergency medical treatment immediately. Otherwise, according to the Mayo Clinic, the victim may experience brain damage, muscle damage, or damage to other organs in the body. In severe cases, or if treatment is delayed, heatstroke can result in death.
No matter the temperature outside, it is vital to remember that the temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in less than 10 minutes. According to the Child Safety Network, heatstroke has occurred on days when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if the day does not seem unusually hot, it is possible for the inside of a car to heat up rapidly, putting anyone left inside at risk of heatstroke.
It is possible to prevent heatstroke in cars. Individuals who cannot exit a vehicle of their own accord should never be left alone inside of one. The Children’s Safety Network encourages the following actions to prevent deadly heatstroke accidents involving children:
- Do not leave children alone in the car for any amount of time;
- Make sure you check all areas of your car before you exit and walk away; and
- Ask your childcare provider to call you as soon as possible if your child has not arrived when expected.
In addition to children, the elderly population is also at a greater risk of heatstroke in cars than the average adult. Elderly family members should not be left in the car either, especially if they are incapable of exiting the car themselves. To leave an elderly family member or friend in a hot car could be considered elder abuse. Vehicular heatstroke accidents are preventable but often occur when a parent is overtired, distracted, or engaging in an activity outside of their regular routine. It is always okay to call 911 if you see a small child left alone in a car.
Has one of your loved ones been injured or killed after suffering vehicular heatstroke? The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. can help. Our team of highly experienced vehicular heatstroke accident injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York, strives to provide the people of Western New York with the highest level of personal injury service. Our track record of success makes us the best choice for your family’s vehicular heatstroke case. Contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at 716-839-3939 today, and let us begin the fight for you!
HAS ONE OF YOUR LOVED ONES SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH IN A VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE INCIDENT IN BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, ROCHESTER OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?
CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS TOP RATED AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM AT 716-839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!
It is the driver of a vehicle’s responsibility to ensure that no one is left in a car that may overheat and cause heatstroke. In most cases of vehicular heatstroke, law enforcement will investigate the incident. It is possible that criminal charges will be brought against the driver, though this will be determined on a case-by-case basis following the investigation.
Regardless of whether the act warrants criminal charges, the driver can still be held responsible for someone’s injury or death due to heatstroke in their vehicle. If someone in your family has suffered from vehicular heatstroke, the responsible party might be obligated to pay for their medical expenses and ongoing care. In the event that the injured party passed away as a result of the incident, a family could file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Vehicular heatstroke incidents are tragic, but they are avoidable, and it is important that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, even if the incident was accidental. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. understands the emotional toll that this sort of accident can take on a family. Let us handle your case with care and compassion, and we promise to fight diligently and tenaciously to get you the compensation you deserve. The team of talented, hardworking vehicular heatstroke attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. would be honored to provide you with a FREE consultation on your case. Contact us today at 716-839-3939. Do not wait!
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!