The tragedy of backup automobile accidents is real and significant. Working as a car accident lawyer in Tucson and Phoenix I have seen this firsthand. Any auto accident involving injury or death is tragic, but backup automobile accidents can be particularly heartbreaking. A backup accident occurs when a driver reverses into a person, object or another car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 210 people are killed, and 15,000 are injured in backup accidents each year. Of those killed, 26 percent are adults over age 70 and about 31 percent are children under age five. In back-overs involving children, a close relative is behind the wheel 70 percent of the time.
Hopefully, these numbers will soon decrease.
The NHTSA has mandated that as of May 1, 2018, automakers must include rear visibility technology in new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. A 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report showed that rear cameras reduce blind spots by as much as 90 percent, and that they are more effective at helping drivers avoid objects than parking sensors. Another IIHS study showed that rear cameras are expected to prevent 1 in 6 police-reported crashes.
How to Reduce the Risk of a Backup Accident
Backup accidents are almost entirely preventable. Here are five ways you can backup safely.
Although rear-view technology can help make backing up safer, accidents still happen. To learn more about what to do after a Tucson car accident click here. If you’ve been involved in a back-over accident, contact Zanes at (844) 926-3752 to see how we can help.
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