Our South Carolina wrongful death attorneys want to remind parents, guardians, and caregivers about the dangers of leaving children unattended in a car. Please never leave a child alone in a car for any period of time.
Charleston South Carolina Hot Car Death
For the second time in 2018, a child was left forgotten in a hot car and died. This second incident occurred in South Carolina in early April. On Tuesday, April 3, a father was supposed to stop by his son’s child-care center on his way to work and drop the 10-month-old child off. According to statements given to North Charleston police about the incident, the father forgot to do so and the baby was left strapped into his car seat all day. The temperatures that day rose to 85 degrees — about 11 degrees warmer than normal.
The oversight wasn’t discovered until that evening when the boy’s mother arrived at the daycare center and learned that he’d never arrived. After the mother contacted the baby’s father, the man checked his vehicle and discovered his son in the back seat. He immediately drove to a nearby hospital where the baby was pronounced dead.
Each year, on average, 37 children die as a result of being left in a hot car. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of death for children ages 14 years and younger after only vehicular crashes. According to media sources, the local coroner is investigating the incident.
Though many people associate a hot car death with elevated outside temperatures, this isn’t always the case. Consumer Reports performed a test in 2017 that demonstrated that a car’s interior temperature can become significantly elevated in only an hour. This rise in the temperature is particularly dangerous for children, elderly adults and pets. This is especially true for those that are dependent on others who care for them as well as those who have cognitive issues.
During one test, the outside temperature was 61 degrees, but it quickly shot up to over 105 degrees in just one hour. Babies aren’t able to regulate their body temperatures as well as adults and can become dangerously dehydrated.
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There is a growing body of research about Forgotten Baby Syndrome. This occurs when a parent loses the awareness that their child is in the car with them. If you’ve been involved with a wrongful death due to a hot car death, you need to guidance of an injury attorney. Contact Ryan Montgomery Law for a free case review.