backover accidentsOn Monday, March 31, 2014, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents which cause over 250 fatalities and nearly 15,000 injuries per year (source: NHTSA).

“Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents” (source: NHTSA)

The new rear visibility technology will expand the field of view to a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle for the driver to use in hope of reducing the risk of an accident when backing up a vehicle. “Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur,” said NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. “We’re already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today” (source: NHTSA)

Children under the age of 5 account for 31 percent of backover fatalities each year, and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent. Once the entire fleet of vehicles is set into place with the new technology, NHTSA expects 58 to 69 lives to be saved each year.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury from a backover accident due to the carelessness of another, please contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. at: 508-660-8888 or on the web: www.attorneyjimbrady.com.