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San Diego Reporter Nearly Run Over During Report

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 his direction.

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 free consultation.