With children back in school, getting ready for work in the morning and coming home at night can be a bit more challenging. In addition to getting yourself and your own gear together, parents are now faced with getting younger family members to and from school at the same time. Whether you drive your children or live close enough for them to walk to classes, it is important to pay attention and take the additional time required to help avoid accidents and injuries. Back over accidents can occur when children walk or play behind parked vehicles, and using rear view mirrors does not always give you a clear view. Fortunately, new technology exists that can expand your field of vision, helping to prevent potentially tragic back over accidents from occurring.
Back Over Accidents and Injuries
Back over accidents can occur anytime a driver is pulling out of a driveway or parking space, either at home or in public places. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while back over accidents are not among the most common types of dangers motorists face, they do present a significant risks for serious and life threatening injuries. The NHTSA reports that as many as 200 deaths and more than 15,000 injuries occur each year in these types of collision, and children under the age of five are the most common victims. Activities that put children in danger from back over accidents include:
- Not paying attention while walking past driveways on their way to and from school;
- Not holding an adult’s hand when walking through business and store parking lots;
- Riding bikes along neighborhood streets when parents are headed to or from work;
- Playing on driveways in which parked cars are present.
How Backup Camera Technology Can Help
In addition to the injuries and loss of life back over accidents can result in, the effects can be devastating on family members and friends, particularly if they feel responsible for the accident occurring. Back-up cameras are just one of several recent technological developments that promise to increase driver safety while helping to avoid injuries. The NHTSA has mandated that back up cameras become standard on all newly manufactured car models effective in May of 2018, but consumers can elect to have these devices installed now, either as part of the new car’s packaging, or as an add on item to an existing vehicle.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), back up cameras work by expanding the driver’s field of vision, displaying the expanded rear view through a screen mounted on the dashboard. There are different versions available, including those that offer an alarm system which goes off when an object is detected in the driver’s path, as well as those offering an emergency braking system that will activate and stop the car if a collision is imminent.
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If you or someone you care about is injured in a vehicle-related accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, we understand the devastation these accidents can cause, and can assist you in getting the compensation your family needs, such as medical expenses and lost wages.