Fatal Driveway Back Up Accidents Can Be Prevented with Virtually No Effort
Few people worry that they will be involved in a potentially fatal collision when simply backing out of their driveway. However, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys know that driveways accidents involving small children are all too frequent and can result in devastating injuries and tragic loss of life. Because motor vehicles have enormous blind spots immediately behind their vehicle, the risk of hitting a small child playing in the driveway is very real and much more common than most people would assume. Each week, at least two children are killed and another 50 are hurt in backup accidents. Tragically, almost all of these victims are small children under the age of 5 who cannot be seen from inside the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle.
The best way to avoid backover accidents involving young children is for drivers to check immediately behind their car before getting into their vehicle. While this is the only way to really know that children, pets or other objects are not lingering immediately behind a car, few people actually take this critical safety precaution. There are in excess of 220 backover accidents per year and an additional 14,000 victims are injured when they are run over by vehicles backing up in driveways. Many of these victims are injured or killed by drivers that are family members or friends of the family.
When parents or others back out of driveways, it is important to know where one's children are playing. If they are playing in the yard, a visual check behind the vehicle before pulling out is imperative. The risk of backover accidents has increased substantially as the number of large vehicles, such as SUVs has become more popular. Vehicles with lift kits also pose a particular danger because SUV and lifted trucks mean that a driver is riding higher off the ground, increasing the area of the blind spot behind the vehicles.
While there has been progress in crash avoidance systems designed to warn drivers of an impending collision with an object behind the vehicle, these systems are generally only available on expensive high end motor vehicles. There may be a time in the not too distant future where these types of systems provide a warning alarm for both the driver and pedestrians in the path of a car that is backing up. Unfortunately, this technology may not be standard for some time so drivers that fail to take the few seconds to check behind their vehicle before backing out of a driveway will continue to pose a serious danger to small children.
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