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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on August 11th, 2011,
by Zane Cagle

Toddler Left in Car While Parent in Restaurant, St. Louis, Missouri

Posted on August 11th, 2011 by Zane Cagle

Toddler Left Asleep in Car

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police said that a 17-month-old child was left in the backseat of a vehicle Wednesday night while the parent ate a nearby restaurant. The incident occurred on Hampton Avenue around 7:30 p.m. when officers reported to a call of a child left alone in the vehicle. Officers arrived on the scene, they found the toddler asleep in a Toyota pickup and the passenger door was unlocked. The child was sweating but appeared to not be seriously injured.

Never leave your child unattended in or around a motor vehicle. During the summer months, children can be seriously injured or killed if left in a car. Children nor pets should be left in a car whether it is a quick dash into a convenience store or sitting within eyesight at a nearby restaurant. In the above scenario, a bystander or observer did the correct thing in calling emergency personnel when they saw an unattended child in a car alone. In many situations, children fall asleep in the car and parents have inadvertently left their child in the backseat. That moment of forgetfulness results in an average of over 40 children per year being killed in the United States due to vehicular heat stroke.

KidsAndCars.org is a national nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death in or around motor vehicles.

KidsAndCars.org has been pioneering a national prevention movement since 1996 by promoting the highest level of awareness among parents, caregivers and the public at-large about the dangers inherent to children in or around motor vehicles.

KidsAndCars.org works to prevent these sudden tragic events through data collection, education and public awareness, policy change, regulations and survivor advocacy.

Visit the KidsandCars.org website or check out our prior blogs on how to keep children safe around motor vehicles. As The Cagle Law Firm advocates health, safety, and education, bringing awareness of such safety organizations is a priority. As a spokesman for KidsAndCars.org, I support their efforts to vigorously remind parents and caregivers of the dangers tied to children left without supervision around vehicles. As a parent, the statistics associated with child/motor vehicles are alarming. Applause to the citizen that called emergency responders in St. Louis, Wednesday evening. While a child left unattended in a vehicle is always dangerous, it is even more perilous in the summer months.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another whether in a car accident, truck accident or other type of personal injury, call our law firm for a free consultation to protect your individual rights. Call at (314) 276-1681 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.