Backover accidents are a very common type of collision, especially when a person is backing out of a parking space or driveway. During the holiday season, starting with Halloween and extending through the New Year, these types of collisions increase. One of the reasons for this increase is that there are many people in shopping centers, out on sidewalks, and visiting family. This also is a time when drivers may be distracted by the emotional and financial demands of the season, leading to more situations when a person does not pay enough attention and care before traveling backwards. Even low-speed backover accidents can lead to serious harm because victims often get pulled under a vehicle.
A person who is injured in a backover accident or who has had a loved one injured or killed in a backover accident needs experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. The knowledgeable and dedicated Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano collectively have more than 130 years of experience fighting successfully for the rights and interests of our clients. We are ready to get to work for you quickly in order to get you the help that you need.
Even as technology scrambles to create safer backup scenarios, human negligence continues to lead to devastating harm. Many car manufacturers already have installed back-up cameras in their vehicles in order to comply with the mandates that likely are going to impact every manufactured vehicle in the next few years as part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). In addition, there are other safety devices that alert the driver to an object in close proximity to the rear of the vehicle. However, even with all of these safety features, there still are many accidents that happen simply because the driver did not check the rear and side-view mirrors before moving in reverse.
It is a sad fact that the victims of backover accidents often are children who dart into the area behind a vehicle unexpectedly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 45 percent of all backover victims are children, while 33 percent were individuals over the age of 70 years. These victims are especially vulnerable to serious harm.
Many times the liability for the accident rests with the vehicle driver rather than the person who moves behind the vehicle. When a driver is watching for movement behind the vehicle, it is possible to stop in time to avoid impact in many cases. Those individuals who are driving an SUV or other vehicle with a lot of ground clearance and a large size that makes it hard to see the entire area behind the truck must be especially careful in order to prevent tragic accidents. However, there are other times when the owner of a private lot or commercial space can share in the responsibility for the accident. If there are insufficient lights to provide adequate visibility for vehicles that are backing up or the commercial space is designed with inadequate walkways, so pedestrians are forced into close contact with moving vehicles, there may be shared liability.
When the victim of a backover accident is a young child, the harm may be devastating, even if the car or truck was not traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact. In addition, rehabilitation often is complicated for young victims because these children are growing during treatment and rehabilitation, interfering with recovery.
Drivers must exercise caution at any time when they are behind the wheel, but during the holiday season, it is especially important to be diligent in order to avoid backover accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt in this type of accident, it is important to contact the skilled car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a backover accident, the South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the experience to get the results that you deserve. Our firm has spent more than 30 years advocating for crash victims. We have been recognized with an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive. In addition, we have been voted one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.