Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn't see them. A backover incident typically takes place when a car is backing out of a driveway or parking space.
Backover tragedies change the lives of parents, families, and communities forever. Below are stories of just a few children whose lives were lost because they could not be seen in the blindzone behind a vehicle.
Below are stories of just a few children who survived being backed over because they could not be seen in the blindzone behind a vehicle.
In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week. Forty-eight (48) are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two (2) children are fatally injured every WEEK.
• The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12â€23 months)
• Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
• Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.
Fact Sheet for Backovers
Learn what the BlindZone measurement is for your vehicle:
Consumer Reports has measured the blindzones of a number of popular vehicle models. The results for both an average-height driver (5 feet 8 inches) and a shorter driver (5 feet 1 inch) are listed in the accompanying charts.
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KidsAndCars.org makes available charts and graphs to be downloaded for free and are excellent education materials. We encourage you to share, print, copy, distribute, or enlarge them; but we ask that no changes be made. Simply click on an image below to open a full PDF file of the chart.
Learn simple tips on how to keep your children safe in and around vehicles.
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Heighten awareness about the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with KidsAndCars.org's Public Service Announcements. Please encourage TV stations, hospital, doctor offices, public health offices, parenting classes, etc., to share this life-saving information.
July 30, 2012
Gelber and O'Connell, LLC demonstrate the large and very dangerous blindzones that exist behind all vehicles.Read More
Keven Moore on Insurance: Avoid tragedy of driveway accidents; proceed with caution
July 24, 2012
One of the most horrific, unthinkable accidents that can happen to a child can take place less than a few feet from your very own front door. Run-over accidents in your driveway occur too often and are devastating to families, as 70 percent of the time, they involve another family member at the wheel.Read More
Warning Teen Drivers About “Blindzones”
July 20, 2012
At the recent Lifesavers Conference, I stopped by the KidsAndCars booth. The mission of this marvelous organization, www.KidsAndCars.org, based in Kansas, is to educate all drivers about the risks to children of driving, with “blindzones” being one of its main focuses.Read More
Kelly: Extra look before backing up can save kid's life
June 28, 2012
Few accidents are sadder or more horrific than when a child is run over by a parent, a grandparent, a neighbor or a friend — and yet they continue to happen.Read More
Grief after mom’s SUV kills child
June 17, 2012
Grief after mom’s SUV kills child says she hopes her loss may prevent similar tragedies from occurring.Read More
Paralyzed School Boy Walks Over Stage to Receive Diploma
June 15, 2012
It has been revealed in a new report that Patrick Ivison, a boy paralyzed for nearly 17 years, showed an amazing picture on Tuesday, when he stood up on his feet and walked to get his high school diploma.Read More
Vehicle Blind Zones
June 01, 2012
Interview with Ace Scott who accidentally backed over 2-year old boy.Read More
Take thirty seconds and save a life
May 25, 2012
How many times have you seen a kid lose a ball, a pet or even scurry under a car to catch an elusive bug? Or better yet, NOT seen a small child rush outside after a departing parent?Read More
Kids and Car Safety
May 14, 2012
Janette Fennel from KidsandCars.org stopped by the FOX 4 Morning Show to talk about car safety and children.Read More
A Grayson Family Is Dealing With Tragedy by Promoting Awareness
May 09, 2012
The family of Olivia Anne Hellwig, the baby who died after being backed over by a car while in her stroller at Lenora Park in Snellville on Sept. 17, 2011, have created a foundation in her name to raise awareness of pedestrian safety. An event planned at Grayson Community Park this month to help raise funds is already sold out.Read More
Technology is available to reduce the blindzone behind your vehicle. Learn more about what is available today as after market technology you can add to your vehicle today. All vehicles can be retrofitted with rearview video camera systems and/or sensors.
Audiovox - provides smart, dependable and affordable Rear Collision Avoidance solutions to keep families safe in the driveway and on the road.
Backup4Safety - Backup4safety.com is in the business of providing a safe environment for our children by making premium rearview backup safety systems accessible to everyone through direct sales, charitable donation, fundraising and “Pay It Forward” good will programs.
Gentex - automatically shows a driver the view of what is directly behind the vehicle when it is put in “reverse” so that the rear blind zone is visible.
Echomaster - the premier manufacturer of reverse sensing devices, is dedicated to preventing reversing accidents. Safety is our number one concern.
Ackton - a world leader in the manufacturing of parking sensors for the automotive, commercial, and R.V. markets.
Vehicle Reversing System - makes available the Worlds Only patented "Talking" Reversing Alert System.
Rostra - recently introduced BabyCam, a system with allows safe and easy monitoring of children in their car seats without taking driver focus from the road.
ScopeOut - a patented system of aerodynamic mirrors that are strategically placed on the vehicle to provide a panoramic rear view of vehicles or persons approaching on the street or down the sidewalk.
VisorView - The rear view camera system VISOR-VIEW is compatible with virtually any vehicle. Drivers now have an affordable way to view hidden object
Below are studies specific to backover injuries and deaths. There have been several studies published about backovers but there is still much to be learned.