Recently here on the San Diego Personal Injury Blog we reported on the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rule requiring
all new vehicles to be equipped with rear visibility technology beginning
May 2018. The focus of the rule is on the prevention of backover accidents,
which occur when people, often young children, are injured or killed when
they are struck by a car backing out of a driveway or parking space.
It’s anticipated that the new rule will result in saving between
58 and 69 lives, but it doesn’t come into effect until May 2018.
What can parents do in the meantime? Rear visibility technology is not
the only thing which can help prevent backover crashes. The NHTSA, through
its consumer site Safercar.gov, offers parents a number of tips for preventing
backover accidents when backing up, including the following:
- Teach your children not to play around cars.
- Supervise your children carefully when they are around cars.
- Before backing up, walk around your vehicle and check behind it.
- Always be aware of small children in the surrounding area, as the smaller
they are, the less likely you are to see them if they’re behind
- When backing up, have your children stand to the side of the driveway or
the sidewalk where you can see them.
- Back up slowly, and look behind you, in case a small child makes a sudden
dash behind your car.
- Roll down your windows before you back up so you can hear anything that
might be happening outside of your vehicle.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers similar tips, including adequate supervision of children playing
in areas near parked cars and looking carefully for children before backing up.
While rear visibility technology can be helpful in avoiding backover accidents,
even if you are currently driving a vehicle equipped with such a system,
it’s still a good idea to practice these prevention tips. Remember,
children can and often do move and behave unpredictably.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor
vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for
a free consultation.