How to Prevent Backover Accidents
The Blind Zone
Though some feel sympathy for the drivers involved in these types of collisions, many wonder how a driver could be so careless as to run over a child. Did they not looking behind them before they began to reverse? Perhaps they are simply careless drivers who stay on their cell phones? Research says that it isn’t the case. In fact, research by the NHTSA sites that It isn’t carelessness or distractibility that causes back over accidents but instead, the culprit is failure to see that the child has entered an area called the blind zone.
So how then, can we stop similar backover accidents? After all, drivers can’t redesign their cars to improve visibility. This is where automakers are stepping in.
What Can Drivers Do?
The best thing drivers can do to reduce the risk of a backover accident is to buy a vehicle with a rear camera. But there are other proactive steps that can be taken as well.
- Always walk around your vehicle before backing up.
- Check mirrors and back out slowly.
- Roll down your windows so that you can hear your surroundings.
- Supervise children in and around vehicles.
- Teach children not to play around cars and trucks (and start early!)
- Be proactive and careful when backing up, even if you have a backup-camera.
At Orlando Auto Body, we are always here to help with any collision related needs. But because we see our customers as family, our goal is to help you avoid a collision before it happens. Click here learn more about how to avoid backover accidents.