Last week we discussed new government data that detailed rising pedestrian fatalities for car accidents. This week, we'll look at a proposed safety measure that may help reverse this trend - installing back up cameras in all new model cars.
Estimates indicate that as many as 146 lives could be saved each year through installing back up cameras in all cars. Children are particularly vulnerable to back-over accidents. Safety advocates say that as many as 50 children are victims of back-over pedestrian accidents each week, and two are killed. Currently, back up cameras are standard in only 45 percent of models.
A 2008 safety law signed by President Bush required implementation by 2011. Now lawmakers are saying it could take another two years before backup cameras are required safety equipment in all cars. The new measure would prevent pedestrian accidents by eliminating the large blind spot behind cars.
It will cost an estimated $2.7 billion to implement, leading auto industry lobbyists to look for alternative measures that may be similarly effective but less costly. There are also still some details that need to be solidified, such as the size of the screen and the size of the area displayed.
As we noted last week, injuries can be serious for pedestrians that are hit by cars. Because back-over accidents often happen in driveways, the injuries may be easily avoided by making the area behind the car visible. Pedestrians who have been injured by a car in this type of accident may be eligible to recover from the driver for their injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in this way, contact an attorney to find out what your rights are.
Source: Bloomberg, "Backup Camera Rule Costing Put off by U.S." Feb. 27, 2012.