Since 1994, more than 800 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars in the United States, according to Kids and Cars, an advocacy center that conducts research on car-related dangers surrounding children. In approximately 55 percent of those cases, the parent was unaware the child was in the vehicle.
Andy Yaffa, partner at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, has handled many of these South Florida cases, including that of Haile Brockington.
Then there is Jordan Coleman, a 4-year-old who died a year after that in Sunrise.
In light of the recent loss of Noah Sneed, a 2-year-old child at a school in Oakland Park, Florida, Yaffa spoke with the Sun Sentinel about the cases he’s taken on in the past, and how these hot car deaths can be prevented.
“It breaks my heart that this keeps happening,” Yaffa told the Sun Sentinel. What breaks his heart even more, is that the deaths could have been averted, he said. “We had a fix in place, but the Legislature did not pass it.”
If you have lost a child due to death in a hot car, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen can help. You can fill out the form at the bottom of our home page, or call +1 (888) 296-1681 for a free consultation.
(Photo credit: Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel)