What are back-over accidents?
Atlanta back-over accidents are Georgia pedestrian accidents that occur when a vehicle backs over a person. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, back-over accidents in driveways and parking lots account for 221 fatalities and 14,000 injuries each year. Back-over crashes on public roads are less common. They cause 71 deaths and 4,000 injuries per year.
Back-over accidents are especially dangerous for children. Almost half of non-traffic fatalities that involve children are from back-over accidents. Every week, about 50 children become victims of back-over accidents; forty-eight are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least 2 die.
Why do back-over accidents occur?
Forty percent of back-over accidents happen in driveways and parking lots. Many occur at the home of the victim. Often back-over accidents occur when children get into the blind spot of a large vehicle such as an SUV or minivan. The driver may not even realize that a child is nearby.
Blind spots are the main reason that back-over accidents occur. Blind spots refer the area behind the bumper that is difficult for a driver to see. A small object in this area is not visible.
A common SUV like a Toyota Sequoia has a 14.5-foot blind spot for an average-height driver. If the driver is short, the blind spot may be as much as 24.5 feet.
What kinds of injuries are caused by back-over accidents?
Back-over accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. The Centers for Disease Control tracked injuries from back over accidents. They found that the most common injuries are:
- Arm and leg injuries: 53.6%
- Head, face and neck injuries: 28%
- Minor contusions and abrasions: 56%
- Fractures and internal injuries: 39.5% in children 4 and under and 17.5% in victims aged 10 to 14
Can Georgia back-over accidents be prevented?
Fulton County pedestrian accident lawyer Shane Smith offers the following tips for preventing Atlanta back-over accident:
- Always supervise children while playing.
- Teach children to never play in driveways or near motor vehicles, even if the vehicle is parked.
- Provide a safe, fenced area for young children to play.
- Consider fencing off your driveway to keep children out or install a circular driveway.
- If your children must play in your driveway, always park at the end of the driveway near the street.
- Show children how hard it is for drivers to see what is behind a car.
- Remind other drivers in your home and guests to look for children before backing up.
- Keep your car keys out of the reach of children
- Check all your mirrors before backing up.
- Always back up slowly.
- Install rear-mounted automotive cameras or back-up sensors to alert you if a small child is playing in your vehicle's blind spot.
The best way to prevent back-over accidents is to get out of your vehicle and check behind it just before you back up. If kids are nearby, make sure you can see them while backing up.
Fulton County pedestrian accident lawyer Shane Smith has seen too many children injured in Georgia pedestrian car crashes. If your child has been injured or killed in a Georgia pedestrian accident, Shane Smith can help you get compensation from the insurance company. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to learn more or download our free book: "10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case".