Each week, around fifty children are injured and two are killed when a car accidentally backs over them. And more often than not, a relative is doing the driving. With these alarming statistics becoming more well known, the New York Times is reporting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is set to issue a requirement that car manufacturers install rearview cameras in all passenger vehicles by 2014.
Other government required safety features include the third brake light and airbags. This new rule is unique in that is for the safety of those outside of the vehicle rather than inside of it. The climbing number of injuries and death each year caused by the large blind spot at the rear of the vehicle prompted this new requirement. More than two hundred people die each year from back over accidents, and nearly half of those involve children under five.
Currently, forty-five percent of cars and trucks offer a rear-view camera standard, and is optional on another twenty-three percent of car models. The cost to automakers is roughly $160-$200 per car. A portion of this cost is likely to be passed onto the consumer.
If you or your child has been severely injured by a car backing up, car accident lawyers may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation. For more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI.