As parents we worry about many things. Generally, we don’t worry much about a two-year-old getting into the driver’s seat of a truck and driving it into a house.
Earlier this week a Grayson, Georgia toddler made national news after he put his dad’s pickup truck into gear and drove into the wall of his neighbor’s home. Amazingly, no one was injured in the incident. As an Atlanta injury lawyer, my law practice and this accident reminds me that anything can happen at any time. We need to be mindful during our busy days that nothing is more important than the safety of our kids and sometimes we need to slow down a bit to protect them better.
The neighbor’s home was damaged and gas and water lines were broken. These good neighbors were relieved after coming home from a shopping trip and finding a truck in the side of their house, that no one was hurt and that the little boy was fine. They were quoted as saying that they were simply grateful that everyone was fine and that their home could be fixed, but sometimes people can’t be.
Amazingly, this little one was able to get his dad’s truck into gear and roll a little ways into the wall of the neighbor’s home across the street. His dad had been unpacking the truck, most likely never thinking that something like this could happen.
This got me thinking about how things can change in a moment and how important it is to expect the unexpected. So often we simply leave a child in the car to run into the house to get something we forgot or we leave a sleeping child in the car until he or she wakes up after we get back to our homes.
In this incident, the dad was unpacking the truck. It is possible that the dad was thinking leaving the little boy in the truck was safer than taking him out and trying to watch him while he was unpacking the vehicle. It would be very tough to anticipate an accident like this one.
But there is a lesson in this situation and we need to take heed as parents. When we are with our kids, nothing is more important than their safety. So when we are driving them, we need to be buckled up and so do they. We need to avoid talking on cell phones or doing things that we know are extremely unsafe and illegal, like texting and driving prohibited under Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-241.1.
When we leave our vehicles even for a short time, kids should not be left on their own. Especially during the summer months, cars can become very hot very quickly and this causes extreme danger for kids left in cars. Even when it is 72 degrees outside, the inside of a car can quickly move to over 100 degrees. Heat stroke causes about 40 deaths per year of kids left in cars. Sometimes parents and caregivers have forgotten that there is a little one sleeping in the back seat and tragedy can result. Just last month a Florida woman was arrested after her baby died in the back seat of her car. She left him there for an undetermined period of time, but long enough that he was unable to survive the heat.
If you or your child has been injured in a car or truck accident, contact my law offices. I will provide a free consultation and help you sort out your legal rights and medical support. Representing adults, kids and families who have suffered injury is the focus of my law practice. It is gratifying to help families recover after an accident.