What should parents know about backover accidents? What can parents do to protect their children and minimize the risk and subsequent need for a free legal consultation? Parents should know that backovers can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. They can happen in driveways, parking lots, and city streets. The increasing number of incidents nationwide highlights the need for increased vigilance while driving and the importance of safety features, including cameras and collision warning systems.
From 1990 to 2017, there were 12 fatal backover accidents in Kansas. During that same period, there were were 161 fatal incidents in Texas, 99 in Florida, 33 in Illinois, 29 in Oklahoma, 27 in Missouri, and 4 in Nebraska. In total, backovers were responsible for 49% of nontraffic motor vehicle fatalities from 2013 through 2017. From 2006 through 2010, backovers accounted for 13% of all nonfatal motor vehicle accidents involving children. The demographic that is at greatest risk of involvement in a backover incident is children under the age of 5.
Fatalities from backovers are increasingly common. From 1996 to 2000, there were 88 incidents recorded. This number has risen sharply; from 2006 through 2010, 448 fatal backovers were recorded. Nationwide, it is estimated that there are an average of 50 backover incidents each week, and that 60% of these incidents involve large vehicles including trucks, vans, and SU's.
Parents can help protect their children by installing or learning how to utilize rearview cameras and collision detection sensors on their vehicle. This are estimated to eliminate up to 94% of blindspots. This is significant, as most backover accidents are the result of natural blindspots that exist 15-25 feet behind most vehicles. Children should also be taught not to play behind vehicles, and parents should know where their child is at all times while they are behind the wheel. It is also advisable to do a walk around prior to moving the vehicle and visually scan the area for children who may be playing or walking nearby. Combined, these steps are highly effective at reducing the risk of a backover accident.
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