Have You Heard of the Dangers of Backover Accidents?

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    February 12 2021

    Have You Heard of the Dangers of Backover Accidents?

    It was recently reported that a man died after being backed over by a box truck in Henderson. Reportedly, the box truck was backing out of a subdivision drive when the man fell into its path. Tragically, the man died from his injuries. Unfortunately, backover accidents are common accidents and can end in death. Below we will discuss backover accidents as well as safety technology and prevention.

    If you are injured in a backover accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. You need an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights. Anthem Injury Lawyers knows how to aggressively go up against parties who will try to prevent you from receiving the compensation you deserve. With our car accident lawyers on your side, you’ll be in the best position to win your case. Now is the right time to contact us at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. 

    What Is a Backover Accident?

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a backover accident occurs when a vehicle backs into a person. This includes a pedestrian or bicyclist. The accident often occurs when exiting a driveway or parking spot. Young children and older people are most likely to be killed in a backover accident.

    If a Nevada driver injures you in a backover crash, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Las Vegas Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Based in Henderson, Nevada, we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. Well-meaning people may try to talk you out of working with a car accident lawyer. We recommend that you allow our expert lawyers to pursue your case for you. There is no upfront fee: you only pay if we win your case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    How Common Are Backover Crashes?

    The location of backover crashes makes it a difficult problem to quantify. Why? Because most backover crashes occur in driveways and parking lots. Most government databases only have records of crashes on public roads.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) used the Non-Traffic Surveillance (NTS) system to estimate that 2,125 people were killed in non-traffic motor vehicle crashes in 2015. Over one-third (39 percent) of these people were nonoccupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Among nonoccupants, 366 people (44 percent) were struck by vehicles moving forward and 284 people (34 percent) by vehicles backing up.

    The NHTSA also used the NTS system to estimate that in 2015, 95,000 people were injured in non-traffic crashes. About one-third (31 percent) were nonoccupants. Of those nonoccupants injured, 15,000 people (51 percent) were injured by vehicles moving forward. Vehicles backing up injured 12,000 people (40 percent).

    Who Is Injured or Killed?

    Many of those injured or killed in backover accidents are children younger than five and people aged 70 and older.

    Where Are the Crashes?

    NHTSA estimates that more than a third of backover fatalities occur in residential spaces. This includes driveways and the parking lots of apartment and townhouse complexes. Injuries are common in both residential and nonresidential parking lots.

    Regardless of where the accident occurs, victims should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Award-winning Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced personal injury lawyers. Our car accident lawyers offer years of experience winning top compensation for our clients. Don’t worry about affording a lawyer. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay if we win for you. Now is the perfect time to schedule your free consultation with our lawyers. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Are Bigger Cars To Blame For Backover Crashes?

    Possibly. Larger vehicles, like trucks and SUVs tend to have larger blind spots than smaller cars. The height of trucks and SUVs makes it difficult for drivers to see small children. This difficulty can increase the risk of a backover crash.

    Can Technology Prevent Backover Accidents?

    Technology can help drivers back up safely. Rearview cameras help to display what is behind the vehicle. These cameras typically show more than what is visible in mirrors or the back windshield. As of May 2018, new vehicles are required to have rearview cameras. This is to reduce the risk of devastating backover crashes involving vulnerable populations (including very young children).

    In addition to cameras, some systems alert the driver to objects when the vehicle is in reverse. Rear automatic braking systems go a step further and brake automatically when there is a risk of collision. The systems can detect objects and obstacles.

    While these technologies can help to reduce backover accidents, they cannot eliminate backover accidents. Drivers also play a critical role in reducing backover crashes. If you are a driver, use the following tips to help prevent backover accidents.

    Tips To Prevent Backover Accidents

    Technology can help reduce the chances of a backover crash. Unfortunately, when a backover crash does occur, children are a likely victim. Keep children (and everyone safe) with the NHTSA’s following prevention tips:

    • Teach children not to play in or around cars.
    • Always walk around your vehicle and check the area around it before backing up.
    • Be aware of small children. The smaller a child, the more likely it is you will not see them.
    • Teach children to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in it or if the car is started.
    • Have children in the area stand to the side of the driveway or sidewalk when you back out of a driveway or parking space.
    • Back up slowly.
    • Always look behind you while backing up slowly in case a child dashes behind your vehicle unexpectedly.
    • Roll down your windows while backing out of your driveway or parking space. This allows you to hear what is happening outside your vehicle.
    • Do not allow your children to play in the driveway. Teach your children to keep their toys and bikes out of the driveway.
    • Actively check your mirrors while backing up. Children move unpredictably.
    • Many cars are equipped with detection devices that provide rearview video or warning sounds. These devices cannot completely take the place of actively walking around your car. Always walk around your car to make sure children are safely out of the way. Do not rely solely on detection devices to detect what is behind your vehicle.
    • Never leave a child alone in or around a vehicle.

    We hope these tips help you and your loved ones stay safe. If you are injured in a Las Vegas car accident that is not your fault, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Las Vegas Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. If you’ve been injured in a backover accident caused by another, don’t wait to contact our car accident lawyers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.


    We hope these tips help you stay safe. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that even the most cautious person can be injured in a car accident. If another driver has injured you in a backover accident, it’s important that you seek experienced legal representation. Our car accident lawyers serve the Las Vegas area with the knowledge and expertise to help you gain maximum compensation for your injuries.

    With over 25 years of experience, Anthem Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your car accident case. When you speak with our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers you’ll discover that our experience and expertise are exactly what you need to put you in the best position to gain compensation for injuries sustained in your accident. Now is the right time to pursue your Las Vegas car accident case and get the compensation you deserve. Call our personal injury lawyers now at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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