Child Safety & Vehicles: Tips for Preventing Back-Over Accidents
Pedestrian accident injuries can be significant, and the types of accidents can vary. Back-over accidents where a child is hit by a car are not uncommon; KidsandCars.org provides a few saddening statistics.
- Every week, at least 50 children are backed over by vehicles in the U.S.
- Two children die each week in these accidents.
- Most back-over accident victims are 12 to 23 months old.
- In more than 70 percent of accidents, it is the parent or a relative that accidentally backs over the child.
Tips to Reduce the Risk of Back-Over Accidents
The following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help parents reduce the risk of back-over accidents.
- Before you get in your car, walk around your vehicle to look for little ones.
- Ensure your children are always supervised.
- Always assume children could be near when backing up, and thoroughly check the road and driveway before backing up.
- Teach your children from a young age not to ever play around, in, or near cars.
- Never keep vehicles running while you’re not in the driver’s seat so that children cannot accidentally put the car into gear.
- Always back up slowly out of driveways and stay alert to any children who might dash out behind you.
- Be mindful of your vehicle’s blind spot, particularly if you have a large vehicle such as an SUV, which have larger blind spots.
- Consider upgrading your vehicle. Many newer vehicles are equipped with cameras that display the view behind the car while travelling in reverse and alert you if you are nearing an object.
Pursue Legal Help if Your Child Has Been Injured in a Back-over Accident
If your child was injured or killed in a Peachtree City back-over accident, seek a consultation at the Law Office of Jason Schultz. There may be a legal avenue to pursue restitution for damages. Contact us for a FREE consultation today at 404-474-0804.
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