A backover car accident is an especially tragic type of crash because so many of the victims are young children. While a backover accident can happen in parking lots and garages, they often happen when people are backing out of their garage and driveway and hit their own, a family member’s, or a friend’s child. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid causing or being the victim of a backover accident.
Follow These Safety Guidelines to Prevent Your Loved Ones From Being the Victim of a Backover Accident
Accidents that occur when a driver is backing up can be caused by a number of reasons. Failing to see a small child in the vehicle’s blind spot, engaging in distracted driving, or accidentally pressing the accelerator down harder than intended are just a few of the reasons that they happen. However, you can take these steps to help keep your family safe:
- Always walk around your car before moving it, and check your blind spots before reversing.
- Be certain that you know where any children are before backing up. If possible, have another adult supervise them while you are reversing.
- Install a rearview camera and backup sensors if your vehicle does not have these safety features.
- Keep your car window rolled down when backing up so that you can hear if a child or person is behind your vehicle.
- Be certain that your children are holding hands with an adult at all times in a parking lot.
- Teach your children that parked cars move and that drivers cannot always see children.
- Do not allow your children to play near cars—including in a driveway.
- Keep toys, bikes, and sporting equipment out of the driveway.
- Trim landscaping around the driveway so that you can see pedestrians, bicyclists, and small children when pulling onto the street from the driveway.
Even if you follow these safety guidelines, you or your child could be the victim of a backover accident if another driver is not careful. Our experienced car accident attorneys can file your claim and negotiate a settlement on your behalf so that you receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn about your legal options and get your questions answered, call our office or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation.