Although most people recognize the danger posed by intoxicated and distracted drivers on Florida roadways, the risk of injury or death posed by a motor vehicle can exist much closer to home. The family driveway can be a dangerous place for small children. Vehicles backing over children while pulling out of driveways claim the lives of fifty children per week according to the website kidsandcars.org. The site also indicates that approximately 7 in 10 fatal back up accidents occur when a relative is behind the wheel. In this two-part blog post, our Miami personal injury attorneys provide important safety information that can reduce the risk of a back over crash. Part I of this article focuses on important risk factors while Part II discusses new safety standards and preventative measures.
Many of these tragic fatal pedestrian accidents are the result of something referred to as the “Bye-Bye Syndrome.” This situation occurs because children do not want adults to leave, so they frequently follow departing adults outside into the driveway. The drivers are unaware that their kids are no longer safe inside the home because they do not check behind the vehicle before climbing into their car.
These types of auto accidents have a particularly high fatality rate because extremely young children often lack the experience and cognitive skills to fully appreciate the potential danger of an approaching vehicle. This mean that small children who are not visible through rearview mirrors and not protected by safety equipment face a disproportionately high risk of suffering a severe injury like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), or even death. Continue reading →