Frontover accidents are a common occurrence and usually involve children aged 12 to 23 months of age. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there may be around 400 frontover deaths every year and as many as 20,000 injuries that range from mild to severe. If you or someone you know was involved in a frontover accident involving a child, you need a lawyer who can obtain the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.
What are Frontover Accidents?
A frontover accident is a type of car accident that occurs when someone pulls their car out, not seeing the person in front of them. This type of accident usually results in injury or death. Typically, it is children who are injured or killed in frontover accidents simply because it can be difficult to see them from behind the wheel. SUVs and trucks are usually involved in frontover accidents because they are bigger vehicles and their blind spots can be up to eight feet. Vehicles may also have a 20 to 30-foot-long blind spot behind them when backing up.
Other reasons why children are typically injured in these types of accidents are due to them running to greet a driver or following their parent out to the car. Seventy percent of frontover accident cases involve a parent or relative driving the car. Front-facing cameras can help lower the risk of frontover accidents. They can also prevent you from hitting concrete parking blocks and walls.
Preventing Frontover Accidents Involving Young Children
Fifty children are injured every week due to vehicles backing up. The following are a few things you can do to prevent frontover accidents involving children:
- Always walk around your vehicle before pulling out or backing up
- Hold your child’s hand when walking near vehicles
- Measure your blind zone in every car that you drive
- Always keep in mind that steep inclines can dramatically increase blind zones
- Stay focused and always be aware of what is going on around you
Even if you are sure there are no children playing outside, you should still check around your vehicle before driving.
Our Virginia Beach Car Crash Lawyers Represent Clients Injured in Frontover Accidents
Car accidents involving children can be especially devastating and confusing. If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident that involved an injured child, a Virginia Beach car crash lawyer can help. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, our experienced lawyers will fight tirelessly for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 757-352-2237. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we proudly serve clients throughout Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as North Carolina and nationwide.