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Would Passage of Law Reduce Number of Kids Hit by Reversing Cars?

Casey Woodruff

undefinedIt is an unfortunate reality that individuals throughout the Chicago area are injured each day as a result of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Sometimes the accidents involve other vehicles. Other times the object hit is a pedestrian. These pedestrian accidents result in a wide range of injuries, including death. In the most tragic of these situations the person struck is a child. Often these incidents occur when the driver of a vehicle puts the car in reverse and backs up. Due to the short stature of most children a majority of these car accidents are likely due to the fact that the driver did not know the young person was there.

Several years ago Congress recognized that this is an issue that could be improved upon through better car design. Accordingly, in 2007 it passed a law that directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create a rule and have it in place by 2011 regarding the equipment new cars would need to be outfitted with. The rule was supposed to require that all new light trucks and cars have some sort of backup warning device, such as a camera installed. This regulation was not passed.

As a result of that failure to pass the rule, a lawsuit was recently filed against the Obama administration. The purpose of the lawsuit is to jumpstart the lawmaking process.

It is impossible to know how many kids will be backed over as a result of the passage of the law failing. In the tragic situations where anyone, including a child, is struck by a car backing up, it may be hard to know where turn. For some, filing a civil personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be a good course of action.

Source: USA Today, “Administration sued over backup camera delay,” Fred Meier and Chris Woodyard, Sept. 26, 2013

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