Rear cameras or backup cameras are becoming a standard feature in many
new cars—and for good reason. According to the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety, nearly 300 people are killed and 18,000 injured by
drivers who mistakenly back over them. Most typically, children are the
prime victims because their size and small stature make them virtually
impossible to see in a rearview mirror.
The larger the vehicle, the larger the blind zone is in the rear. Large
SUVs, vans, pickup trucks, and minivans are especially likely to miss
a child that has wandered up behind them. The result is often tragic and
in many cases fatal.
A recent IIHS study confirmed that rear cameras, or backup cameras, are
the most promising technology available for avoiding such devastating
accidents. The study was conducted in an empty parking lot. Participants
took turns backing large vehicles out of parking spots. They were only
told that they were evaluating the vehicle’s entertainment system,
not that they were taking part in a backup camera study. At random times,
the researcher would place something behind the vehicle—a foam cutout
of a child. The driver was then told to back out of the parking spot.
The results of the study showed that SUVs had the worst visibility, while
small cars had the best. Yet when backup cameras were utilized, back-over
accidents were reduced by 90%. While the results were promising, backup
cameras did not prevent every single accident from occurring. According
to researchers, lighting, weather, and driver inattentiveness still created
situations where deadly back-over accidents could occur.
Contact Broward County Wrongful Death Lawyers
If your child was killed by an inattentive driver, it is important to know
that you are not alone. For decades, the
wrongful death lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting for the rights of grieving
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