More than 1,000 children in the US have died from heat stroke in vehicles between 1990 and 2023 – La Opinion

More than 1,000 children in the US have died from heat stroke in vehicles between 1990 and 2023 – La Opinion

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At least 1,093 children have died in the US from heat stroke between 1990 and 2023 after being left behind in closed, unventilated vehicles.especially during the summer and with Texas and Florida in the first places, respectively.

The study prepared by Kids and Car Safety and released on Friday shows that most of these deaths occur under three circumstances: children are forgotten in vehicles (55%), they access the vehicle by themselves (25%) or they are knowingly left inside the vehicle (15%).

“The vast majority of hot car tragedies involve children who were left inside or accessed the vehicle on their own. Contrary to public opinion, very few cases involve drugs or alcohol,” the study notes.

The state of Texas ranks first in deaths, with 155, followed by Florida (118) and California (65).

On average, about 38 children die in vehicles in the United States each year due to heat stroke, with 2018 and 2019 being the two worst years of the last 33 years, with 54 and 53 deaths, respectively.

In 2023, there were 29 accidental child deaths in vehicles at high temperatures, with the state of Florida leading the way, with seven children dying.

Over the last 33 years, a total of 186 child deaths were attributed to front-seat airbags, while 1,083 were due to heat stroke.

In the circumstance of death of the minor due to forgetfulness in the vehicle, 43% of the cases occur after believing that “the child had supposedly been left at daycare” and 11% is due to “lack of communication between the two caregivers.”

52% of cases of child deaths in cars due to heat stroke did not result in any conviction of those responsiblewhile 31% of the cases did result in sentences of various degrees.

Cases involving “children being unknowingly abandoned” occur more frequently during the end of the work week, while cases involving children accessing vehicles on their own occur more often during the weekend, according to organization data.

“Many defendants settle to avoid the possibility of going to jail and because they cannot fight a legal battle after the tragic loss of a child,” he adds.

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