Reducing the Risk of a Backup Crash
It is inevitable that at some point, as a driver, you will have to back up your car. Whether it is to pull out of a parking space, adjust your position with respect to another car in front of you, or exit your home’s driveway, learning to back up safely is important. Backing up is usually a more difficult task than driving forward because visibility is inhibited. It can be difficult to identify objects or perils that could exist around the back and sides of one’s car. No matter what type of car you have, it will have blind spots or areas around a car where drivers simply cannot see. This is one reason why backup cameras came about.
Many years ago, several car manufacturers began offering backup cameras as an upgrade and option to add to a vehicle. Eventually, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration acknowledged the benefit of these devices, and so in 2018, new cars were mandated to have them as a standard part of all base models. When it comes to backover crashes, backup cameras certainly can help reduce the risk, however, drivers still must be aware of their surroundings.
Safety Tips for Backing Up in a Car
Backup cameras can help drivers see better what is behind and around their cars that they may not easily see without them. However, relying solely on these visual devices when backing up would be unwise. This is because there may still be objects or hazards present around you that the camera does not capture. It is imperative that alongside your backup camera, you also look around your car and use your mirrors as you put your foot on the gas.
Fatal backover accidents do not happen with great regularity. Despite this, taking extra precautions when backing up can be advantageous and keep yourself and others safe from harm. In specific, children tend to be less attentive to their surroundings and easily distracted. Children, especially younger ones, are not aware of potential dangers that exist all around them. This includes cars that may be backing up.
To prevent fatal accidents while backing up, the following tips should be considered:
- Regularly tell children to stay away from cars when they play, even if they are parked.
- When young children are playing, always have a responsible individual watching them.
- Before getting into your car, do a quick walk around it to see if there is anything that you could hit.
- Use your mirrors in addition to your camera when you back up.
- Always proceed slowly when driving in reverse.
Speak with a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney Today
Although the number of reported fatalities from backup accidents each year tends to be less than other types of deadly crashes, they still happen. Being extra cautious and taking a bit of time to look around and make sure the coast is clear before backing up can help you avoid a backup crash.
If you or a loved one was injured in a backup crash accident or another type of traffic accident, please call the Las Vegas car accident attorney at the Aaron Law Group to schedule a free consultation at (702) 550-1111.