Vehicle Backover Injuries
CHILD VEHICLE BACKOVER INJURY LAWYERS
An average of 232 people die and 13,000 sustain injuries in backover vehicle accidents each year. Although approximately 7% of the population, children under the age of 5 represent 44% of backover fatalities from passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
While people of all ages are the victims of backovers, children under 5 years old have the highest involvement in these collisions. A parents or close relative is the driver behind the wheel of a vehicle backover in over 70 percent of these incidents. Oftentimes, distracted driving is the culprit in a child vehicle backover accident.
TYPES OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A VEHICLE BACKOVER
Most backovers occur at low speeds, but that does not mean the physical impact is negligible. Children can suffer from serious injuries if involved in a vehicle backover. Injuries include:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputation and scarring
- Vital organ injuries
FIVE TIPS FOR PREVENTING VEHICLE BACKOVER ACCIDENTS
Backovers can be prevented and children kept safe if drivers follow a few safety tips. Courtesy of AAA, here are five tips for reducing the risk of backovers:
- Assume children could be present behind your vehicle and carefully check the street, driveway, and area near and around your vehicle before backing out.
- Always know where all children are and have them stay in your full view and away from your vehicle.
- Looking behind as you back out, keep your windows rolled down to listen for children who may have moved behind your vehicle.
- Back out slowly and be prepared to stop.
- Use care whenever you back out of a driveway, especially in large vehicles with bigger blind spots such as SUVs and trucks.
Nowadays, most vehicles are equipped with rearview cameras or detection devices. Be sure to use the technology if your vehicle is equipped, but do not solely rely on these to determine if the area is free of children
In 2014, the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act was enacted, which expands the required field of view for passenger vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers will likely use rearview cameras and in-vehicle displays to meet the requirements of the mandate.
VEHICLE SAFETY TIPS TO SHARE WITH CHILDREN
Parents can play a role in preventing tragedy from striking. Teaching kids how to properly act and behave around vehicles could save their life.
Here are safety tips parents can share with their children to keep them safe around vehicles backing out of a driveway:
- Properly supervise your children at all times, especially in areas where vehicles are present.
- Teach children not to play in, under, or around vehicles.
- Avoid making driveways a playground. If you do allow children to play on your driveway, make sure it’s when the area is free of vehicles.
- Never leave vehicles running or unlocked with children playing in the area. In addition to accidental gear shifting and backovers, children could accidentally lock themselves or others in cars and cause extreme heat injuries or deaths.
- Ask older children to watch out for younger ones who may not fully grasp the importance of safety around vehicles.
WHERE DO VEHICLE BACKOVERS COMMONLY OCCUR?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of fatal child vehicle backovers occur in driveways and other residential areas.
- Parking lots
- Parking garages
HAS YOUR CHILD BEEN THE VICTIM OF A VEHICLE BACKOVER ACCIDENT?
If your child has been seriously injured after being struck in a vehicle backover accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. It is ultimately the driver’s responsibility to ensure that children outside of their vehicle are safe when backing out of a driveway or parking space. When drivers do not take the proper safety measures to make sure there are no children behind their vehicle, they can be held liable for your child’s injuries. Contact our experienced child injury lawyers today, available 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has represented victims of motor vehicle accidents for more than two decades and helped them recover the compensation they deserve. Call us today for a free case review.