For many drivers, backing out of a parking space or a driveway occurs several times a day. While rushing to get to work or to drop a child off to school or practice, drivers often back up without adequately checking the large blind spots behind their vehicles. Failure to properly stop and check before backing out results in thousands of preventable injuries every year.
Frequency of Backover Accidents
Every year, almost 300 people die and over 12,000 are injured after being hit by a car backing out of a driveway or parking spot. Over 70 percent of backover accidents involve relatives of the victim as these accidents most often occur in one’s own driveway. Children are the most frequent victims of backover accidents. Across the country over 50 children are seriously injured or die as a result of a backover accident each week. Toddlers are the most at risk for being hit from a car backing out of a driveway or parking spot. Large blinds spots are a main cause of backover accidents. Given their size, larger vehicles, such as trucks or SUVs, are at a greater risk of being involved in this type of accident.
Technology Addressing Backover Risks
Safety features, including rearview cameras and sensors, can be installed on most vehicles to allow drivers to see obstacles, including pedestrians and pets behind their cars. In response to pressure from safety advocates and parent lobbying groups, the U.S. Department of Transportation required all 2018 vehicle models to be equipped with rearview technology. Some companies included more advanced backup technology features, such 360-degree surround view cameras in newer models. Of course, no technology is perfect, and drivers must always use their direct vision and judgement in all aspects of vehicular operations.
Several safety organizations, including KidsAndCars.org, work to raise awareness of the fatal risks associated with backover accidents. Individuals can take the following steps to avoid a backover accident:
- Recognize the need for heightened awareness when operating a car in reverse
- Educate young children about the dangers of cars backing up and the need to always hold the hands of an adult near a moving car
- Complete a walk around the vehicle to scan for children and pets prior to operation
- Install child safety locks on house doors to prevent children from wandering outside unattended
- Roll down the driver’s side window to allow the driver to listen for any warnings
When backover accidents occur, they can cause permanent injuries to pedestrians who may suffer broken bones, concussions, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. The costs of ongoing medical treatment and the loss of wages can be financially devastating for many families.
Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Protect the Rights of Individuals Injured in Backover Accidents
If you were injured in a backover accident, the experienced Cherry Hill car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar are ready to assist you during this difficult time. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we proudly represent injured individuals and their families throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Cherry Hill. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 856-470-9777 or submit an online inquiry form.