Do You Know How to Prevent a Tragic Florida Backover Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on January 30, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyUnfortunately, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured in backover incidents every year. A Florida backover incident typically occurs when a vehicle coming out of a driveway or parking space backs over an unattended child because the driver did not see him or her.

While it may seem like a freak accident, it is far more common than parents might think.

Below are some alarming statistics regarding backover accidents:

  • In the U.S., at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week. Forty-eight (48) are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two (2) children are fatality injured every WEEK.
  •  The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12‐23 months)
  • Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
  • Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.

Florida backover accidents are also increasing as we drive bigger and taller vehicles that often have larger “blind spots.” While government agencies like the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration have been working to raise awareness of the issue, the government does not currently regulate what you should be able to see behind a vehicle.

Therefore, 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.
  • Many cars are equipped with detection devices like backup cameras or warning sounds, but they cannot take the place of you actively walking around your car to make sure your children are safely out of the way. Do not rely solely on these devices to detect what's behind your vehicle.

Source: NHTSA and Kindsandcars.org

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

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

 

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