It is always a tragedy when a child is killed in an accident. But that tragedy is even worse when it happens in an accident that could have been preventable, such as in a backover accident.
A backover accident is one where a driver who is going in reverse strikes a person or object with the vehicle because they didn’t see it. This usually occurs because of blind zones in the car they are driving. Blind zones are particularly an issue in trucks and SUVs because of the way they are designed. Unfortunately, with the popularity these days of those vehicles, there has been an increase in the number of back over accidents. In fact, more than half of back over accidents involve either an SUV or a truck.
National data shows that there at least 200 people are killed every year in these accidents and 17,000 are injured. And children are the ones who most often are the victims in backover accidents. More than 50 children are hit by cars going in reverse – every day. And at least two of these backover accidents will be fatal ones. Every day.
New federal rules call for all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to be equipped with rear visibility technology by 2018. However, it is important to note that even with those regulations, there will still be millions of vehicles on the road without those safety features, so it is important to teach children to be safe near vehicles.
Make sure your child knows to always hold the hand of an adult when they are in a parking lot. If you have more than one child, then create a game of it, encouraging children to make a “handholding train” together. Also make sure that your child knows that a parked car can move suddenly, and the driver of the car might not be able to see them. The majority of these accidents happen in driveways, so never let you child play in the driveway and keep their toys away from the driveway, as well.
If your child has been injured in a back over accident, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the driver that was responsible for your family’s pain and loss.