Accident Attorneys In Sacramento Share Their Knowledge Of Back-Over Car Accidents
Just like the name suggests, a back-over car accident occurs when a motorist backs up into another vehicle, a pedestrian or any other object in the roadway, leading to a direct collision. In most cases, these accidents occur when a motorist is driving at a very low speed, and often out of a driveway or parking space. Slow speed however, does not mean the impact is incapable of causing serious and fatal injuries.
If you are familiar with driving a vehicle, you would likely agree that driving in reverse is far more difficult than driving forward. This is because the driver’s line of sight is diminished, and even with the help of side and rear-view mirrors, your driving ability is hampered. If a driver is negligent and does not carefully scan traffic in all directions, accidents and injuries can occur. Worse yet, should the driver not realize they have hit someone or something, they could end up crushing or dragging the victim for a distance, increasing the severity of injuries sustained and the likelihood of fatality. Because many back-over accidents occur with pedestrians, the victims are often in compromising situations without adequate protection and the result can be severe injuries and death.
If you have any questions or have been involved in a back-over accident, contact our accident attorneys at The Weinberger Law Firm in Sacramento.
What To Do After A Back-Over Accident
The first thing you should always do after an accident is seek medical attention immediately. Once your injuries have been addressed and treatment has begun, you need to consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in back-over accidents. A skilled attorney will know how to investigate the incident, establish the liable parties and explore all available channels to secure justice and compensation. In order to establish the liable parties, the lawyer will need to establish fault.
You can assist your attorney by completing the following:
- Gather photos of the vehicle, damaged property, injuries and other items affected by the accident
- Get the police report
- Get any medical records and bills
- Keep daily notes of injuries and progress
The items above serve as evidence to prove fault and convince the jury of the compensation you deserve. Back-over accidents can cause very serious injuries, and if a pedestrian is involved, they can prove fatal. Many of these accidents occur when a driver does not adequately investigate their blind spots. Certain intersections have dangerous blind spots, and many driveways and parking spots block the drivers view as they are reversing. In these scenarios, all drivers nearby need to take extra precaution and understand the dangers of the intersection. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for your injury. Contact one of our accident attorneys in Sacramento immediately for help getting justice for you and your family.
Why Do Back-Up Accidents Occur?
Back-up accidents occur because a driver fails to notice a pedestrian, cyclist or another motorist. Tragically enough, a lot of these accidents involve children, particularly when a child is standing behind a vehicle that is backing up out of a driveway. Larger cars such as SUVs and pickup trucks are more likely to be involved in a back-over accident with a pedestrian because their size creates additional blind spots for the driver. This is why pedestrians and other travelers of the road need to pay extra attention to these vehicles as they are backing up. Transport safety experts argue that installing devices that allow drivers to have a clear view of blind spots can reduce back-over accidents significantly.
Types Of Injuries In Back-Over Accidents
Since the impact usually involves an unsuspecting pedestrian or cyclist, the injuries sustained in car back-over accidents are usually very serious. As I’m sure you can imagine, the unprotected human body does not deal with a high speed impact from thousands of pounds of metal very well.
The initial impact itself can cause severe injury, but most life-threatening injuries happen when the victim is dragged or pinned beneath the vehicle. Injuries include:
- Major fractures
- Tissue lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries from a back-over accident, speak with an accident attorney in Sacramento for help.