Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured during backover incidents. These occur when a car is backing out of a driveway or parking spot and doesn’t notice the child behind the vehicle. Sometimes these accidents can happen because the child is in the blind zone, which is an area that the driver cannot see even when looking at their rearview and side mirrors.
1. According to the NHTSA, in the U.S. approximately fifty children are being backed over by cars every week. Of these fifty, at least two are fatally injured.
2. Over 60% of the backover incidents involve a large vehicle such as a pickup truck or SUV.
3. In 70% of these accidents, a parent or relative is behind the wheel.
4. Most victims of backover incidents are in the age range of 12 to 23 months.
These statistics should not come as a surprise since car crashes are a leading cause of death for children younger than 13.
How to Prevent Backovers
One of the safest ways to prevent a backover is by installing a backup camera. These can be installed on any car. Thanks to the efforts of KidsandCars.org, in 2018, the NHTSA finally published a ruling that stated all new cars sold in the United States must come equipped with a backup camera.
Other Safety Tips:
- Be aware of where your children are when you are moving your car. Make sure an adult is supervising them if they are not in the car with you.
- From an early age, instill in your children the dangers of standing behind a parked car.