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Rear Vehicle Cameras Why Every Parent Should Have One

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Due to the safety they provide, rear cameras have become more readily available to drivers recently. Although driving in reverse is generally at slow speeds and seems like a relatively innocuous action, too many injuries and deaths occur yearly due to backover accidents. Sadly, backover accidents typically lead to the death of, or injury to, children who simply cannot be seen due to their small statute.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, “backover crashes involving all vehicle types are estimated to cause at least 183 fatalities annually. In addition, between 6,700 and 7,419 injuries result from backover crashes per year.” Collaboratively, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states, “Young children and older people are most likely to be killed in a backover crash. Based on
2007 NiTS data, 103 of the estimated 292 annual deaths in backover crashes were children younger than 5, and 76 deaths were people 70 and older. About 2,000 of the 18,000 injuries that occur every year from backover crashes involve children younger than 5, and 3,000 involve people 70 and older than 3. A Canadian study of child pedestrian backover collisions occurring between 1993 and 2004 found that 52 percent of the
children were younger than 5.4.”

Given this, the Department of Transportation has proposed that all motor vehicles under 10,000 pounds sold in the United States come mandatorily equipped with a review camera starting September 1, 2014. Until then, however, consumers have the option to add rear cameras to vehicles when they purchase them or buy rear cameras as an aftermarket add-on. Aftermarket rear cameras that consumers can install themselves run anywhere from $20 to a few hundred dollars. Regardless, the safety rear cameras offer consumers, and their children, make them well worth the extra expense.

Allison Dean is a writer bringing to us why every parent should invest in a rear vehicle
camera.

Allison also writes about medical malpractice cases that affect children.

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  1. My neighbor ran over his 4yo daughter backing out of his driveway. I still remember that day and the horror as we all looked on.. luckily she survived without any life threatening injuries but was in ICU for a while. I will definitely invest in one. It is my greatest fear as this is something I witnessed first hand. I make sure I can see my boys before I back out my garage, but there are also other children in my neighborhood that I worry about.

  2. _Given this, the Department of Transportation has proposed that all motor vehicles under 10,000 pounds sold in the United States come mandatorily equipped with a review camera starting September 1, 2014._

    Why mandatory for just under 10,000 lbs vehicles and not all vehicles?

  3. This will save so many little lives. It is a worthwhile investment especially for those who have little ones darting about all of the time.

  4. I think that rear cameras should be standard in all vehicles esecially SUV’s since the rear window is higher, BUT even a camera is not a substitute for due dilligence. If one knows that children or pets are around they should secure the children or pets before they reverse.

    On a personal note, one of our housekeepers accidentaly killed her granddaughter when she reversed over her. Even though her daughter and son in law forgave her, she never forgave herself. The vehicle she was driving HAD a rear camera but she was older (in her 60′s) and found the new technology (blutooth, camera etc.) distracting so the camera was turned off.

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