Can Backup Cameras Prevent Car Crashes?
Do Car Backup Cameras Make a Difference?
Today car backup cameras are on many cars that are on the streets everyday. They assist with pulling out of parking spots more safe and easy. It is believed that these devices can prevent car accidents, however research has shown that accidents with passenger cars and commercial trucks that have backup cameras still happen (all too frequently).
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as of May 2018 all new cars will have to have backup cameras. While they have been around for sometime now, there is not enough data available to measure their effectiveness in preventing car accidents.
The number of vehicles that are equipped with backup cameras has increased by almost 100% over the last three years. With this being said, the number of injuries resulting from accidents from a auto backing up have only gone down by less than 10 percent. There is good news, however, in that wrongful deaths arising from backing up accidents have come down by 30 percent over the past four years.
According to the NHTSA, once all vehicles have backup cameras, which will take many years as eventually vehicles without them will have to come off the road, over 60 lives each year can be saved. The government believes that backup cameras in cars will prevent some dangerous situations such as those that involve children playing near driveways. This is because children may not be tall enough to be visible even to the most cautious drivers. Backup cameras can help see behind a vehicle and may help to avoid running over a child.
At this time there is enough evidence to support how backup cameras do indeed reduce a driver’s blind spots by 90% but drivers that rely only on the cameras and do not look backwards themselves can still strike other vehicles, pedestrians and property. It is important for all drives to realize that backup cameras can help in safe operation of a vehicle but they should not rely solely on them to avoid an accident.
An Experienced Syracuse Car Accident Lawyer Can Make All the Difference
Even with backup cameras in use and proper precautions being taken, car accidents still happen. And being involved in an automobile accident can change a person’s life forever. It only takes a moment of negligence to change another persons life. The Syracuse car accident lawyers at McMahon, Kublick & Smith have the knowledge and experience to take control of the situation. Call us today for a free case evaluation.