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Vehicle Back-Overs Result in Child Deaths

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Christina Houghton6 years ago

During 2000 and 2003, an estimated 7,475 children (2,492 per year) between the ages of 1 and 14 years (most under age 4) were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal motor vehicle back over injuries.

Prevent Vehicle Back-Over Deaths

Due to the climbing rate of negligent and distracted drivers, it is important to teach our children how dangerous it is to play around vehicles. With the extreme use of texting while driving and cell phone use, parents must prepare their children for the hazards they may face.

NHTSA recommends the following tips to prevent back-over injuries and deaths.

  • Ensure your children are properly supervised at all times, espe¬cially wherever motor vehicles might be present.
  • Teach children not to play in, under, or around vehicles — ever.
  • Avoid making your driveway a “playground.” If you do allow children in this area, make sure that it’s only when there are no vehicles present. To further protect children who may be outside playing, separate the driveway from the roadway with a physical barrier to prevent any cars from entering.
  • Always assume children could be present and carefully check the street, driveway, and area around your vehicle before backing out.
  • Look behind you as you back out S-L-O-W-L-Y with your windows rolled down to listen for children who may have dashed behind your vehicle suddenly — and be prepared to stop!
  • If you’re driving an SUV or truck, remember that the blind spot behind your vehicle can be especially large: use extreme care whenever you back up.

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