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It could become against the law in North Carolina to leave children alone in cars in certain situations. A bill introduced into the N.C. House would make it against the law for parents or caregivers to leave children who are eight years old or younger in a car without someone who is at least 14 years in old, in certain situations.

For instance, the motor can’t be running, and the keys can’t be anywhere in the car if the driver is out of sight of the vehicle. Also, the bill states the adult can’t leave young children in the car if there’s a reasonable risk present to the child’s health or safety. Representative Alice Underhill, who represents Craven and Pamlico Counties, is the sponsor of this bill.

As a personal injury law firm we want you to be safe. Did you know our body temperature can only reach about 107 degrees before we lose consciousness and the body stops functioning? When we are exposed to temperatures above 120 degrees in an enclosed car the bodies’ temperature rises and death is inevitable within minutes.

It is very important to never leave your children or pets in an enclosed car in any temperature. Even in mild weather the temperature in a car with all the windows rolled up can soar to very extreme temperatures. It is cruel to any living creature to endure such extreme temperatures.

Here are some tips to avoid a tragic death by heat suffocation in a car:

  • Never leave your kids or pets in a car with the window rolled up, even for a few minutes.
  • Don’t leave your children in the car if they fall asleep in their car seats.
  • Don’t leave your children in the car while you go into a store. This rule goes for animals also.
  • Always watch your children and know what they are doing at all times while they are playing outside.
  • Teach your children not to play in or around cars or in the garage.
  • Lock your car doors and keep the keys out of the reach of children.

Be aware of old vehicles in the neighborhood and talk to the owners to get them towed or fixed. If they do not respond call the city ordinance office to see what you have to do to get the car tagged for removal.

If you have been injured in an accident and need the help of a lawyer please contact our office. Our firm may be able to help you recover medical expenses and loss wages. Our injury law firm maintains a NE NC office in Elizabeth City, and our main law office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four of our law firm’s injury lawyers are licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Virginia, and beyond. For over a decade we have been helping North Carolina residents, and those suffering injuries or wrongful death in NC.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. The lawyers are licensed in VA, NC, WV, DC, SC, and KY.


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