Every year more than 200 people – mostly children and the elderly – are killed and 15,000 people injured in auto accidents involving a vehicle that is backing up. According to the NHTSA, 31% of fatal backover accidents occur to children under the age of 5 and 26% occur to adults 70 years of age and older.
On March 31, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is requiring “rear visibility technology,” in other words, rear-view cameras, in all new car, trucks and SUVs under 10,000 pounds by May 2018:
“Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents – our children and seniors.” “As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.” – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
Backup cameras allow drivers to view the rear of their vehicle as they back up to alleviate blind spots. Backup cameras are designed to avoid backup accidents so that the driver does not hit people are objects directly behind their vehicle.
Backup cameras are already common on many vehicles including motor homes and they often come as optional equipment in sports utility vehicles.
Auto manufacturers also hope to use backup cameras to replace side mirrors which could improve fuel economy by reducing drag.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who are killed in pedestrian and bicycle accidents due to the negligence of another.