Dallas-Fort Worth may have been teased with a few drops of rain this week and the talking heads on TV might be incessantly chattering about Hurricane Irene battering the East Coast throughout the weekend, but the fact remains that here in North Texas it continues to be hot. Despite the few drops of precipitation we got yesterday morning, the high was still 103 degrees.
As a DFW personal injury lawyer, I'd like to stress the need to continue to be careful about the heat until it really does start to cool down. If you're running, cycling or playing sports outside, please make sure that you drink plenty of water. Make sure that you continue to regularly maintain your car, truck or motorcycle by making sure you've got air in the tires, water in the radiator and Freon in the air conditioning. Always be especially vigilant that you do not leave your children locked in your vehicle.
I was saddened to learn of one such heat-related death which occurred yesterday. A two-year-old boy died in his mother's SUV in Irving in what local police have termed “a very tragic accident.” The single mother had just relocated from California with her nine children. Apparently she believed all of her children were in the house when she locked her car. It was only later in the evening that she realized one of her kids was missing and contacted the Irving Police Department. Officers quickly found the boy inside the SUV, but he was already dead.
It is a horrible story, and my thoughts are with the boy's mother, the family and their friends. As a parent myself, I can't even imagine what they must all be going through right now. Please continue to be vigilant and take care. You never think that you might leave your child locked in a hot car, but the truth is these accidents happen with scary regularity.