Backover car accidents continue to claim lives

By |2022-01-03T19:34:05+00:00September 23rd, 2013|

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.

One of the major factors causing these car accidents are large blind spots behind SUVs and other large vehicles which make it impossible for drivers to see a small person behind their car as they back up. There are various proposed solutions to this problem, but to date many of them have stalled on the way to becoming regulatory requirements.

One safety feature that can prevent backover accidents is a back-up camera, but these devices are often only offered in upgraded or luxury models of a car, which a majority of buyers cannot afford. Congress has seen several bills introduced that would help make a less expensive but equally effective version of the back up camera available in all new model vehicles, but each initiative has stalled or failed to pass.

There are a variety of issues at play in accident and injury cases like these. One major issue is the problem of vehicle safety. Typically safety has been viewed through the lens of the crash test, but increasing awareness to the way that car design effects driver performance last led to a push to incorporate better technology into cars to make them safer.

Source: Houston Chronicle, “How can this happen?” Susan Carroll, Sept. 21, 2013.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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