Bring An Equalizer to the Fight. Choose a Firm That Was Created to Advocate for Victims.

New Rule Requiring Rear Visibility Technology Targets Backover Accidents

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.

Fortunately, the 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.