We’ve all read the horrendous news articles: children who are injured
or killed when they are struck by a car backing up, usually out of a residential
driveway or a parking space. The accidents are particularly tragic because
in many cases, the driver is the child’s parent or a close relative.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a final rule requiring all new vehicles under
10,000 pounds to be equipped with rear visibility technology by May 2018.
This rule applies to all vehicles including buses and trucks. Rear visibility
technology enhances the driver’s field of view in order to detect
areas behind the vehicle. Among other things, the rule requires that the
field of view include a 10’ by 20’ zone directly behind the vehicle.
The new rule is expected to reduce the injuries and fatalities resulting
from backover accidents. According to the NHTSA, backover accidents cause
approximately 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year, and 31 percent
of the fatalities involve children under the age of five.
Currently, demand for rear visibility technology is high and many vehicles
already have such systems installed. The NHTSA estimates that once the
rule is effective in May 2018, and taking into account the vehicles which
already have rear visibility systems installed, 58 to 69 lives will be
saved each year.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor
vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.