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Should I purchase a rearview camera to reduce the risk of hitting a child in a backover accident?

Backover accidents should definitely be a concern for any parent—especially if they have small children. These tragedies occur when a person backing up does not see a person behind his vehicle—usually in a driveway or a parking lot. Young children and the elderly are often victims of these accidents and can suffer serious injuries or death. One way to reduce the risk of this happening is for drivers to install a rearview camera on their vehicles.

How Rearview Cameras Can Reduce Backover Accidents

A rearview camera can allow a driver to see the area behind his rear bumper and objects or persons in the vehicle’s blind spot that the driver otherwise could not see. These cameras are especially important for SUVs, vans, and trucks that have much larger blind spots than other vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is so convinced that rearview cameras will help prevent these accidents that it issued a rule requiring that all new passenger vehicles come equipped with rearview technology by May 2018. While the rule does not explicitly require a camera, their requirement of a field of view that is a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle would be best met with a rearview camera.

A recent study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that rear cameras could help prevent backover accidents caused when people are in the driver’s blind spot. The study, which relied on volunteer drivers, found that:

  • Rearview cameras reduced the driver’s blind zone by 90 percent.
  • Rear cameras are more effective than parking sensors in helping drivers see and avoid a child-size object that is behind their vehicles.

If you or a family member were injured in a backover accident, we’re here to help. Start an online chat to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and the compensation you could be entitled to.

James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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