Search Site
Menu

Backover Accidents. More common than you think.

Picture this familiar rush of the morning: “Mom, I can’t find my other shoe!” “Dad, did you sign my note?” “Sally’s hogging the bathroom!” “I don’t want to get up!” Sometimes you don’t know where one child begins, and you end. You’re grabbing your keys, someone’s math book, your phone, holding back the dog as you open the front door, then you’re locking the door, jumping into the car, yes you have your keys, you check the back of your vehicle and your rambunctious kids seem to all be present, you check your blind spots and reverse. But it’s on the mornings like these where the worst kind of accidents can happen.

Back over, accidents occur more frequently than one would think. According to kidsandcars.org, at least 50 children a week are injured or killed by a car running them over while in reverse. These accidents happen most often at home, by a family member, with children most at risk due to their small size. When they stand behind the car, children are right in your blind spot. Even with the advent of the backup camera, these accidents still happen as the camera image is not always reliable, depending on the lighting. Fewer drivers are checking their blind spots, usually waiting for that crisp, annoying beeping from the collision detector signaling an object, but as many people know, the detector beeps at everything from curbs to cars and cannot solely be relied upon.

When we become too dependent on technology that is helpful, but flawed, we put everyone around us at risk. With school starting and bringing the hustle and bustle back to mornings, here are five recommendations to avoid backover accidents:

  1. Every morning before you even put your keys in the ignition walk behind the back of the car. It is a pain but will save you heartache and headache later on. Maybe you didn’t see Bobby left his scooter behind your vehicle. What this extra 35 second affords you is the peace of mind that nothing and no one is behind your car as you back out.
  2. Make sure all your kids are in your car. Create a count off “Sound of Music” style if you must. This comes in handy everywhere, so you know you haven’t left your child at Kings Dominion or in a gas station staring at the candy section when you’re on the way to school in the morning. Always double-check that everyone is in the car.
  3. Always set your emergency brake. Again, a pain, but technology fails, and often when it does, there are disastrous results.
  4. Remind your children that cars are not toys and should never be played in or around, especially at night. The next time they want to play manhunt, direct them to your backyard instead of your front yard, where cars pose excellent hiding spots.
  5. Finally, consider installing cross-view mirrors, collision detectors, and rearview cameras. Anything to increase your visibility is going to help save lives. However, with this recommendation, remember that technology is addictive and flawed. Never simply rely on technology, and if you install these gadgets to help, don’t forget to still check behind the car yourself.

 

This school year, let’s try to decrease the number of backover accidents and increase our awareness around cars. If you ever have questions or concerns regarding an accident, do not hesitate to contact Curcio Law.

OUR RESULTS
  • "$2,000,000.00 Auto Pedestrian Hit by Car / Brain Injury"

  • "$2,000,000.00 Pedestrian Hit By Bus / Broken Foot, Surgery Complications & Partial Choroidal Detachment"

  • "$2,000,000.00 Wrongful Death Settlement"

  • "$1,900,000.00 Pedestrian Hit By Truck / Fractured Pelvis & Multiple Surgeries"

  • "$1,500,000.00 Auto Accident / Wrongful Death"

  • "$1,200,000.00 Auto Accident / Broken Neck, Punctured Lung"

  • "$847,500.00 Dangerous Dog Bite / Facial Injury, Scarring"

  • "$600,000.00 Tractor Trailer Crash / Neck Injury, requiring surgery"

  • "$595,000.00 (Jury Verdict) Auto Accident / Broken Foot"

  • "$546,905.00 Auto Accident / Neck injury, Herniated Disc"

Meet Our Attorneys
Our Awards & Memberships
  • Best Personal injury lawyers in Alexandria
  • NTL-40-under-40
Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I recommend anyone That was involved in a motor-vehicle accident to contact. MR Rakin Hamad. from (CURCiO LAW). I was involved in a motorcycle accident, I was ran over by a reckless individual driving a loaded tow truck with a (taxi) on the back, i w...

    Read more

    Fernando Torres

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Do you want to know who is the best Personal Injury Attorney? Justin Curcio is the attorney's name! Curcio Law Office is located in Alexandria's Old Towne, VA, with a big parking lot, near Oronco Park. You won't find a better Attorney, and a nicer pe...

    Read more

    Nancy Sass

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Talk to Tom - he’s friendly, sincere and easy to work with. I was seriously hit at 60+mph by a drunk driver running a red light. I interviewed 3 firms and chose Tom/Curcio Law. Glad I did. They were diligent in pursuing my claim and dealing with al...

    Read more

    Jack Butler

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Through no fault of my own, I hurt my leg on the sharp corner of a metal step stool in a public restroom. It was a serious and deep laceration that required prolonged treatment in a hospital wound care center and still impacts my life. Even when othe...

    Read more

    Marjorie Kitzes

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I was a passenger in a horrible car accident and sustained injuries. Curcio Law, especially Tom Curcio, fought hard for me and won my injury law suit. This law firm is excellent and I highly recommend them. They are truly the best.

    Read more

    Sean Mclemore

See all reviews
Contact us

Quick Contact Form