Over 200 people are killed every year as a result of a car going in reverse—most of them children or senior citizens. If you or your child get hit in this type of accident, you should be aware of your legal rights and how to protect your recovery.
Common Causes of Backover Car Accidents
Backover crashes can take place anywhere a car is traveling in reverse but are most common in driveways, neighborhoods, and parking lots. A driver may strike another car, a person on a bike, or people traveling on foot—and in some cases, the driver may back over the person completely without realizing it.
Backover crashes are commonly a result of:
Failing to check mirrors.
While cars have several mirrors and even rearview cameras to ensure safety while going in reverse, some drivers fail to use these devices when backing up.
Driving without vigilance.
A driver has a responsibility to address all potential risks, such as checking blind spots, traveling slowly in areas with children, and being prepared to stop in case a child suddenly crosses into the car’s path.
Pulling out too quickly.
It is possible for a driver to speed while traveling in reverse, and allowable speeds are even lower when backing onto a roadway or leaving a parking space. Drivers should always reverse slowly in order to anticipate and avoid potential collisions.
Distractions can cause a driver to fail to check for children who may be lower than the bumper—and out of sight of the rearview mirrors.
Performing an illegal maneuver.
Traffic laws don’t just keep road users safe, they allow motorists and pedestrians to predict traffic patterns and anticipate potential dangers. Suddenly reversing gear in traffic places everyone at risk, including the reversing driver.