According to a recent
news story, an ABC 10 reporter was nearly the victim of a pedestrian car accident
while broadcasting on live television.
Reporter Ben Higgins was discussing San Diego State’s NCAA basketball
tournament victory when an SUV parked behind him started to back up in
During his entire introduction, the over-sized SUV could be seen moving
towards him. Merely twelve seconds later, the car was within feet of the
reporter and still moving towards him. All the while, Higgins was unaware.
Finally, a member of the production crew banged on the back of the car
to alert the driver to stop the vehicle. After a brief “Whoa,”
Higgins calmly finished his report.
This strange story highlights the danger large SUVs can pose to pedestrians.
Across the county, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2008,
according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and another 69,000 were injured.
In addition, more than 60 percent of backover accidents involve large vans
or SUVs. This is because these vehicles have large blind spots, some as
long as 80 feet.
Reporter Ben Higgins was lucky to avoid serious injury. To prevent you
and your children from being the victim of a backover accident, consider
the following safety tips:
- Educate children about the dangers of vehicles, even those that are parked;
never permit them to play around a vehicle.
- Determine the size of the blind spot behind your vehicle.
- Remember that steep inclines and large SUVs, trucks, or vans can increase
the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a California pedestrian
accident, contact experienced San Diego personal injury attorney Robert
Vaage for a