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Marietta, Georgia Toddler Killed in Backing Up Car Accident

How can I prevent driveway and parking lot accidents?

A tragic car accident has left one family grieving for the loss of their two-year-old child.  According to investigators, a driver backing out of the garage did not see the little girl behind the vehicle.  Sadly, the young child did not survive the impact of the crash.  Police are investigating whether the vehicle involved, a 2005 Lexus RX330, had a backup camera.

Preventing Backover Tragedies

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that an estimated 300 people are killed and another 18,000 injured each year by drivers who back into them.  Most of these accidents happen in driveways or parking lots. Children comprise the majority of backover accident victims due to their small size and tendency to not recognize the dangers of vehicles backing up.

It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent backing up accidents, from drivers to parents.  Some ways to prevent backover accidents include:

  • Proceed with caution: Before backing out of your driveway or a parking lot, carefully check all mirrors and look over your shoulder to check blind spots.
  • Invest in a backing up safety device: Many newer vehicles come equipped with backup cameras and sensors that will alert drivers if there is anything or anyone behind the vehicle.
  • Keep children close: When walking through a parking lot, hold your child’s hand and instruct him or her never to walk closely behind a car that is running or has its rear lights illuminated.
  • Instruct children not to play in driveways: Keep your child’s outdoor play area away from adjacent driveways.

Liability for Backing Up Car Accidents

In most cases, the driver that is backing up will be liable for injuries to pedestrians.  Injured accident victims may be able to recover for their damages caused by the crash, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Georgia car accident, you may have a legal claim.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Randall F. Rogers offer personalized legal services to clients across Georgia.  Call Randall F. Rogers at (770) 590-0300 to schedule your free consultation.

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