Pedestrian accidents have become alarmingly common in recent years. In fact, since 2009, the number of automobile-pedestrian accidents has jumped by more than 50%. Sadly, in 2019, approximately 6,200 pedestrians died from injuries they suffered when cars collided with them.
Backover accidents, where motorists drive in reverse over the top of pedestrians, make up a large percentage of all pedestrian-related accidents. Because of the considerable weight difference between cars and people, these accidents are often catastrophic.
Distractions behind the wheel
Distracted driving is a common and deadly problem in Florida and across the country. While most drivers realize the importance of paying attention when driving on the highway, focusing on reversing a vehicle is equally important.
Regrettably, drivers may use the time after entering their cars to fiddle with the radio, respond to a text message or engage in other distracting behaviors instead of paying attention to backing out of their parking spaces.
Overreliance on backup cameras
Since 2018, federal law has required all new cars sold in the U.S. to have backup cameras. While backup cameras undoubtedly keep pedestrians safe, they may also encourage drivers to reverse irresponsibly. That is, if drivers do not check for camera blindspots, they may not be able to see pedestrians behind their vehicles.
If a motorist backs his or her vehicle over you, you may suffer broken bones, internal injuries, spinal cord damage or other catastrophic injuries. Ultimately, pursuing financial compensation for your injuries may be necessary to receive the treatment you need to recover completely.