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Car Video Monitoring Systems Are Not Foolproof in Preventing Backover Accidents

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car video monitoring systems, backover accidents, San Jose personal injury attorneys, traffic safety, car safetyBackover accidents generally occur in driveways and in parking lots. They involve situations in which a driver reverses to pull out of a parking space, and then hits someone walking or standing behind the vehicle. These accidents can result in serious and life threatening personal injuries.

Anyone can be a victim, but children are among those most at risk. Many vehicles now feature video monitors which show activity behind your car through a dashboard display. While these systems can help to prevent injuries, they are not foolproof, and therefore make it important for all drivers to be aware of the dangers.

Backover Accidents and Video Monitoring Systems

Rear facing, collision avoidance video monitoring systems show other cars or pedestrians behind your vehicle. If your car is not equipped with one of these devices, you can buy one and install it yourself. Consumer Reports (CR) claims that these ‘add ons’ are often just as effective as those installed by automobile manufacturers. However, the system itself is not foolproof.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that as many 8,000 people are injured each year as a result of backovers, while nearly 200 others die as a result of their injuries. CR states that one of the reasons these accidents are so common is that drivers often underestimated to size of the blind spot behind their vehicle. This area is roughly 30 feet for a midsize car or minivan, increasing up to 50 feet for a larger vehicle or truck, which often exceeds the range of a monitoring system.

Preventing Backover Accidents

CR reports that backover accidents often impact children. Two children are killed and another 48 are injured each week in the U.S. due to backovers, and adding to the heartbreak is the fact that the person operating the vehicle is often a parent, neighbor, or other loved one.

Children engaged in play may not think twice about running behind a vehicle to say goodbye to a parent or to chase a ball. The website SaferCar.gov advises parents to follow these tips to help prevent a tragedy from occurring:

  • Warn your children about the dangers of playing in or around parked cars;
  • Always check the area around the outside of your car before getting inside;
  • If you live in an area with small children, use particular caution. The smaller the child, the less likely you are to see them;
  • Look behind you thoroughly when backing up, rolling down a window if necessary. Continue looking behind you as you pull out of the space; and
  • If your car is not equipped with a back up monitor, consider installing one.

If you or someone you care about is involved in a backover accident, contact Jachimowicz Law Firm right away. Whether the victim is a child or an adult, they can suffer serious injuries and may be entitled to compensation as a result. Contact our passionate San Jose personal injury attorneys today and request a free consultation to see how we can help.

Source:

https://one.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle-Safety/Vehicle-Backover-Avoidance-Technology-Study-%E2%80%93-Report-to-Congress

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