Did you know that each week in the United States 40 children are injured in a backover car accident? Backover accidents happen most frequently in parking lots and driveways when a driver is unable to see a child because of a blind spot behind their vehicle. Out of the 40 children who are involved in one of these accidents every week, about two are fatally injured.
Distracted driving has become the focus of various public safety campaigns as more and more people become aware of the dangers, particularly of using a cellphone while behind the wheel. There have been various efforts at trying to curb distracted driving, particularly among car companies and cellphone companies trying to make devices less prone to misuse. For example, one program disabled applications when the device is traveling at a certain speed, which is effective for drivers but may not be helpful if you are a passenger in a car.
A young man posted a surprising message to the video-sharing site YouTube recently, telling viewers that although he had not yet been arrested he was involved in a car accident that lead to a death. The video ended as a sort of public service announcement, begging viewers not to drink and drive.
A man who lost his wife in a truck crash involving a UPS driver is suing both the driver and the shipping company in court. The accident occurred when the man's wife was driving along a two-lane road and her car became disabled. She pulled over and when she was getting out to check the vehicle the UPS truck with two attached trailers rear-ended her vehicle, striking and killing the woman and injuring one of her children who was inside the car.