Backover accidents cause hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries
to children every year.
Backover accidents occur when a driver does not see the person behind their
vehicle, usually a child, and runs over them. This typically takes place
when the driver is coming out of a driveway or parking space.
A startling number of children are killed or injured as a result of backover
accidents every year. Every week, nearly 50 children are involved in a
backover accident. Almost all of these children sustain injuries that
are serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit. In addition, at
least two children are killed in backover accidents each week. Annually,
there are over 225 children who die as a result of backover accidents
and 17,000 who are injured.
The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act seeks to establish
automobile standards that will protect children from backover accidents.
Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act in
2007. The purpose of passing this Act was to establish automobile standards
that would keep children safe from injuries resulting from automobile
accidents. Then President George W. Bush signed the Act into law in 2008.
The Act charged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
with establishing a rear visibility rule. The rule would require backup
cameras to eliminate blind zones behind vehicles. Congress initially established
a deadline of February 2011 for NHTSA to issue the rear visibility rule.
However, no rule has been established as of yet and as of December 31,
2012, NHTSA had missed four deadlines for issuing the rear visibility rule.
Studies show that installing backup cameras in vehicles is a cost effective
way to reduce the number of backover accidents.
According to estimates released by NHTSA, installing backup cameras can
significantly reduce backover accident related fatalities and injuries.
Backup cameras include both rear-mounted video cameras and in-vehicle
displays. NHTSA projects that installing backup cameras can reduce facilities
by a range of 95 to 112 and reduce injuries by a range of 7,074 to 8,374.
The cost associated with maintaining backup camera standards are projected
to cost somewhere between $159 and 203 for vehicles that are not equipped
with a display screen and between $58 and 88 for vehicles that already
have a display screen. These costs are expected to decrease over time.
Press event on Capitol Hill urges NHTSA to promptly issue a rear visibility rule.
Safety groups, advocates, and parents of children involved in
backover accidents gathered on Capitol Hill last week in order to raise awareness regarding
backover accidents and to urge the Administration to develop a rear visibility
rule as soon as possible. They were joined by Representatives Jan Schankowsky,
D-Ill. And Pete King, R-N.Y.
If your child has been injured or killed in a backover accident, contact an
Atlanta car accident attorney immediately. An attorney can ensure that your legal rights are protected
and that you receive the compensation you deserve.