By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Children’s Accident Injury Lawyer
We frequently read about reversing accidents. In 2010 in Manassas, Virginia, a woman driving a Honda Accord reversed over a two-year-old girl as she reversed out of a parking space, leaving the girl with serious injuries.
These kinds of cases are known as back-over accidents and they are more common than many people imagine. As an experienced Virginia Beach, VA auto accident injury attorney, I am always concerned when I see large SUVs being backed out of drives in Virginia Beach because I’m aware of the blind spots that exist behind these vehicles.
A mandate recently proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Congress would require auto makers to equip all new passenger vehicles with rearview cameras by 2014.
Unfortunately, the automobile industry is pushing back against the measure saying it needs more time for research and data analysis. In a high percentage of cases family members are to blame for back-over accidents. A moment of inattention may haunt them for the rest of their lives if their children are badly hurt or killed.
Research shows about half of all back-over deaths involve children under the age of five and in two-thirds of these accidents a parent or close relative is the one who has backed over the child.
There’s a name for this heartbreaking scenario: the “bye-bye syndrome.” Typically children will rush out to wave goodbye to a parent and the parent does not see them until it’s too late.
Federal agencies say more than 2,400 children each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for back-over accidents. More than one child dies this way every week in America according to Janette Fennell, founder of Kids and Cars, which tracks automobile-related child safety issues.
As a Virginia Beach car accident injury attorney who sees these accidents at first hand, I’m concerned that drivers of larger vehicles such as SUVs and trucks are not noticing kids. I’m also concerned that the auto industry seems to be resisting this measure. SUVs and trucks are to blame for about 60 percent of these accidents.
Automakers are beginning to offer rearview cameras on many models of car, according to the New York Times. The feature has become more popular as companies identify cheaper ways to display camera images to a driver.
As a Virginia car accident injury attorney who has been involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, I hope the process is speeded up.
The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.
John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website