Backover Accidents - It's Time to Raise Awareness
VANCOUVER BACKOVER ACCIDENTS - THEY OFTEN HIT FAR TOO CLOSE TO HOME
It was a beautiful summer day. The birds were chirping. The sky was clear. Every thing was as it should be.
Or so it seemed.
A father got behind the wheel of his SUV. He was running late. For some reason time had slipped away that morning.
It all happened so fast. And in the blink of an eye a family was torn apart.
He slowly put his SUV in reverse and stepped on the accelerator while looking in his rearview mirror.
His son was only three years old. He had a mischevious grin and his mother's baby blue eyes.
The scream that the young boy let ,out as the SUV rolled over his body, would stay with his father forever.
Studies have shown that the rear of most modern vehicles constitutes a massive blind spot. A recent article in the Globe and Mail indicates that :
" For a 5 foot 8 inch driver with all mirrors properly adjusted, that zone extends anywhere from four feet for a Smart car to 50 feet for a Chevrolet Avalanche".
What's the solution ? How can these "Backover Accidents" be prevented ?
In early 2012 the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it would make backup cameras compulsory in all new vehicles by 2014. It would seem only reasonable that Canadians should expect the same level of safety when it comes to vehicles being driven on the roads in this country.
Vancouver Backover Accidents are entirely preventable. We have the technology. Coupled with increased driver awareness there should be no reason for these types of tragic accidents to occur.
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