Tragedy struck a Dallas area family the other day when a mother accidentally ran over her son with her vehicle. The mother was dropping off her two children at their grandmother’s house before heading to work. She saw her daughter get out and head towards the house, but didn’t see her four year old son. She started backing up to look for her son, but didn’t realize he was bent over behind her vehicle until it was too late. The boy suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately he passed away.

Unfortunately, backing accidents are common – they cause about 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. Backing accidents are especially common with SUVs and children under the age of five. However, if you follow a few simple rules, the majority of backing accidents can be avoided.

First, know where your vehicle’s blind spots are. For larger vehicles, blind spots can be significant. Remember that your mirrors cannot show you everything while you are backing. Before you back up, consider doing a walk-around or use a spotter who can tell you if it’s clear. When you are choosing a parking space, think ahead – choose a space with an easy exit if possible. If it’s possible to avoid backing up, and if you are in an area where backing up could be dangerous, park so backing up won’t be required. Finally, if you are in an area with small children, either visually locate the children before backing up, do a walk around, or ask a spotter if it’s clear before backing up.

If you have small children, consider a long term solution. You may wish to install rear vision camera systems, which can help you see the rear of your vehicle with no blind spots. If you have a new vehicle, practice backing it up so you get used to the way it reverses before you are in a situation where you have to reverse.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a backing up accident? If so, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will help you get compensation for your injuries.