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Houstonians are familiar with the relentless Texas heat; however, we often don’t think about how this heat can turn deadly inside of our cars. Most parents and caretakers of young children think accidentally leaving a child in a hot car is unimaginable, but the reality is that it does happen to even the most attentive parents and caretakers. Unfortunately, there have already been a number of hot car fatalities this summer and the entire legal team at Adame Garza LLP wants to share hot car safety tips to help prevent these tragic accidents.
Researchers from University of California, San Diego and Arizona State University designed a study to determine how quickly vehicles reach deadly temperatures inside when in direct sunlight. Six different vehicles were left outside in temperatures of over 95 degrees. The study found that after just one hour in the sun, interior temperatures averaged 116 degrees, while the seats reached approximately 123 degrees, the steering wheel reached 127 degrees, and the dashboard reached an astonishing 157 degrees. At these temperatures, infants and toddlers would suffer serious heat injuries after two hours, which could have fatal consequences.
Unfortunately hot cars aren’t the only danger on the roadways. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and reckless drivers put everyone on the roadways at serious risk for injury. If you or your child was injured in a Houston car wreck, contact us today to see how we can help.