Backup cameras in vehicles have become a helpful tool. However, they shouldn’t be a driver’s only tool when backing up. Blind spots can hinder a driver’s ability to see something behind or alongside of them. Blind spots are especially hazardous when you back up.
It Can Happen Anywhere
Responsible drivers know where the blind spots are in their vehicles. It is always important to be familiar with them and double check blind spots with extra care before backing up. Children are especially vulnerable. The area behind your vehicle can be a killing zone.
Check and Check Again
The injuries can be catastrophic. Even though backup accidents happen at low speeds, the injuries can range from cuts and scrapes to broken bones or worse. Here is what you can do to help prevent these types of accidents:
- Check around the car before you get in.
- Check your mirrors. Make sure they are set to give you the best view of the back and sides of your vehicle.
- Don’t be reluctant to use your horn to give notice that the car is about to move.
- Turn around and look. Don’t just rely on backup cameras or your mirrors.
- Ask for help to make sure the path is clear.
- Back up slowly. It gives you time to react if someone walks behind your car. It can save a life.
Backup cameras are standard in cars today. While they are a huge help, never depend totally on your backup camera. Checking your mirrors, looking at your backup camera, and turning around before backing up will help you avoid an accident.
Why backup cameras haven’t stopped drivers from backing into stuff
If you’ve been injured by a careless driver, we can help. Auto accidents in Jacksonville happen every day and range from minor inconveniences to collisions resulting in major injury and death. At Terrell • Hogan, we want to help make sure that if you or your loved ones are involved in in an automobile accident your rights are protected.