Thousands of collisions occur in Ohio every year, with many resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. While many of these crashes occur at high speeds, a surprising number of accidents happen when a vehicle is backing up.
The most recent data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that as many as one in four crashes occur when a vehicle is in reverse. Recognizing the danger of backing up accidents could help to further protect Ohioans.
Children are especially vulnerable
It takes time for children to learn about the potential danger of motor vehicles, which means the responsibility largely falls on adults to exercise caution when driving where children might be present.
All vehicles have blind spots, and visibility becomes more problematic when reversing. Children may be completely out of view of both side and rear-facing mirrors because they are small in stature.
How can backing up accidents be prevented?
The first step in preventing backing up accidents is for drivers to have a full awareness of their blind spots. There are several areas surrounding the vehicle that the driver simply cannot see. Fortunately, some steps can be taken to counter this.
If you are traveling with an adult passenger, why not utilize them? When reversing out of a tight spot where views are restricted, have them act as a spotter that communicates what is going on behind you. If all is clear, they can guide you out safely. If a hazard pops up, such as children playing, they can alert you in plenty of time.
If you do not have the luxury of having someone with you, you can check the area behind your vehicle yourself. Exit the car and take a quick walk around. If there are many hazards in the area, then you know you need to be extra careful.
All aspects of driving are potentially dangerous and it is vital that you remain safe. If you or a loved one has been injured, make sure you protect yourself by exploring your legal options.