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How to Avoid Backover Car Accidents

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WLF Car Accident Lawyer Discusses How to Keep Kids Safe

According to kidsnadcars.org, approximately 50 children are getting backed over in car crashes each week in the U.S. In order to avert gruesome statistics such as this, creating awareness is absolutely essential.

Backover car accidents happen when a car backing out of a parking space or a driveway accidentally runs over a child since the driver had no sight of him/her. In most cases, the child is usually very young and is just quietly playing. They are usually too engaged in their games to even be aware of any changes in their surroundings.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rollaway cars and parking lot accidents, together with other non-traffic related auto accidents, make up approximately 1,500 deaths and 90,000 injuries every year in the U.S. Despite the fact that the driver’s driving speed is usually very low, severe and potentially fatal injuries could still be caused by backover accidents which happen when a driver is pulling out a parking space. Some of the most common injuries caused by backover car accidents include:

  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries, including spinal cord injuries
  • Crushing injuries, featuring damage to the internal organs
  • Broken bones and multiple fractures

In residential settings, particularly, part of what makes this type of car accident even more tragic is that the victim is frequently someone the driver knows. Children playing in the driveways could easily go unnoticed by a driver rushing to get to school or work. Additionally, blind spots could mistakenly lead the driver to believe that the path behind them is all clear.

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The NHTSA put together a list of actions that we all need to embrace in order to avoid these unthinkable accidents:

  1. Teach children not to play in or around cars; they should play as far away as possible from cars.
  2. Teach children to move away from a car if the driver gets in and starts it.
  3. Teach children to keep their bicycles and toys out of the driveway.
  4. Always check around and even beneath your car before finally hitting the road.
  5. Have children stand on the sidewalk or side of the driveway, so that you can see them as you reverse your car.
  6. Always look behind you as you reverse in case a child unexpectedly runs behind your car.
  7. Check your mirrors as you reverse as children have unpredictable movements.
  8. Always bear in mind that the tinier a child is, the more likely you will not be able to see them.
  9. Large cars have larger blind spots, so be extra careful with your SUV or truck.

Luckily, backover accidents are preventable. We all just ought to be very mindful of the above steps any time we back up our vehicles.

Get help from California’s best car accident lawyer

If your child or someone you love is injured in a backover accident or any other non-traffic related car accident, contact Wilshire Law Firm as soon as you can. Chances are that you will certainly need a car accident lawyer for legal representation in your personal injury claim. We understand how frustrating the injuries sustained from these accidents can be and we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for both economic and non-economic damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. With the help of one of our skilled attorneys, you can rest assured of getting the highest possible compensation allowed by law.

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