Causes of Pedestrian Accidents – Failure to Check Blind Spots Before Backing Up

Visibility is vital when operating any type of vehicle if you want to avoid a collision. However, there are various blind spots that drivers have to deal with every day. Blind spots are particularly dangerous when you are backing up your vehicle – whether you are in a parking lot, your driveway, or on the road.

Blindspot Collisions

Blind spots prevent drivers from seeing certain areas around their vehicles. Bicycles and motorcycles do not have blind spots. However, larger vehicles such as passenger cars have blind spots simply because of how the vehicle is built. These may include the pillars that hold together the windows and doors of cars, the vehicle’s body, cargo the vehicle is carrying as well as the headrests in the front seat.

As a driver, you have to take particular care to check your blind spots carefully when backing up. Blindspot accidents involving pedestrians are especially common when backing up out of driveways or parking spaces in parking lots.

Injuries From Blind Spot Backing up Accidents

Pedestrian accidents resulting from failure to check blind spots while backing up often occur at low speeds. However, the injuries resulting from these accidents can still be severe. Injuries may include:

  1. Abrasions and bruises
  2. Broken bones
  3. Spinal cord injuries
  4. Traumatic brain injuries

The severity of the injuries will depend on the force of impact.

Establishing Fault

There are various things that drivers can do to prevent these types of accidents. These include:

  1. Adjusting their rear and side-view mirrors to see the back of the vehicle when backing up. Drivers should adjust their mirrors as best as possible to increase visibility.
  2. Physically looking over both of your shoulders to check the blind spots when backing up.
  3. Asking another person to assist you and confirm that the way is clear before backing up.
  4. Back up slowly to prevent high-impact collisions. Slowing down also gives you enough time to react in case a pedestrian crosses your path.
  5. Provide a warning that you are backing up e.g. installing a backing up alarm. This is a requirement for trucks in many states.

Many modern cars now come with backup cameras so that you can see behind you (even small objects on the ground) as you are backing up. However, you should never rely exclusively on your backup camera. Always look over both shoulders and back up slowly to avoid potential collisions, particularly in crowded parking lots.

If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, you will have to prove fault. This may be difficult. However, with the help of the experienced attorneys at Warner Law Offices, you will get comprehensive legal counsel to help you take the best approach for your case.


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