Safety Advocates Calling for Tougher Backover Rules

by Carmen Dellutri on April 12, 2013

Cape Coral personal injury attorneyIn the U.S., at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles every week. Forty-eight are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two children are fatally injured every week.

Given these alarming statistics about backover accidents, safety advocates are growing frustrated that regulators have failed to draft rules for automakers that would require improved safety designs targeting rear visibility. Cameras and sensors are two technologies that could be required under the new rules. While many new vehicles offer these safety features, they are not required.

Congress passed a law five years ago requiring new standards but the process has stalled. Some attribute the delay on lobbying from the auto industry, which has raised concerns about the cost of the safety improvement.

Given the uncertainty of when and if the new rules will go into effect, it is important for parents and caregivers to take precautions to prevent backover accidents:

  • Teach children not to play in or around cars.
  • Supervise children carefully when in and around vehicles.
  • Always walk around your vehicle and check the area around it before backing up.
  • Be aware of small children-the smaller a child, the more likely it is you will not see them.
  • Teach children to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in it or if the car is started.
  • Have children in the area stand to the side of the driveway or sidewalk so you can see them as you are backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Make sure to look behind you while backing up slowly in case a child dashes behind your vehicle unexpectedly.
  • Take extra care if you drive a large vehicle because they are likely to have bigger blind zones. Roll down your windows while backing out of your driveway or parking space so that you’ll be able to hear what is happening outside of your vehicle.
  • Teach your children to keep their toys and bikes out of the driveway.
  • Because kids can move unpredictably, you should actively check your mirrors while backing up.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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