Frontovers

Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a driver moving forward very slowly didn't see them.  These incidents for the most part take place in residential driveways or parking lots and are referred to as ‘frontovers.’  (the opposite of a backover).

 

 

Child Tragedies

Stories about kids and cars have a tendency to end badly.   These children lost their lives because they could not be seen by the driver in the blindzone in front of a vehicle that was moving forward very slow.

Tegan Bartow Romeo Chavez Jaxon McSpadden Jacob Mills Tiffany Quick
         
Noah James Dreblow Myles Donnelly      
         

 

Close Calls

Below are stories of just a few children who survived front over related situations.

Truman Oaks        
         

 

Charts, Statistics, Graphics

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.


Fact Sheet and Safety Tips

Learn simple tips on how to keep your children safe in and around vehicles.

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News

BlindZone Demonstration

WKBW Programming - Gelber and O'Connell, LLC

July 30, 2012

Gelber and O'Connell, LLC demonstrate the large and very dangerous blindzones that exist behind all vehicles.

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Keven Moore on Insurance: Avoid tragedy of driveway accidents; proceed with caution

KYForward.com - Keven Moore

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.

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Grief after mom’s SUV kills child

Houma Today - Xerxes A. Wilson

June 17, 2012

Grief after mom’s SUV kills child says she hopes her loss may prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

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Four Keys to Keeping Kids Safe in Cars

Four Keys to Keeping Kids Safe in Cars

US News - Jamie Page Deaton

August 18, 2011

Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars, says that 70 percent of the time, loved ones are responsible for non-traffic incidents like rollovers and heat stroke, and most of these accidents happen at home. We give Four Keys to Keeping Kids Safe in Cars to ensure the smallest members of your family are well-protected both on and off the road.

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Keeping Our Children Safe Around Cars

Keeping Our Children Safe Around Cars

Durham Injury Board - James T. Crouse

May 27, 2011

I just returned from speaking at a lawyer's conference in Florida where I represented Crouse Law Offices. At the conference I was fortunate to hear Janette Fennell speak about the important issue of children's safety. Janette is the founder of KidsAndCars.org, an organization dedicated to improving the safety of children in and around motor vehicles while on private property - in non traffic accidents.

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Studies

Below are studies specific to frontover injuries and deaths.  There have been several studies published that address frontovers but there is still much to be learned.

Not-in-traffic surveillance 2007 - children.Traffic safety facts.Washington DC:

Pediatric driveway runover injuries: Time to redesign?

Pedestrian injuries and vehicle type in Maryland 1995-1999

Low speed run-overs of young children in QLD

Injuries and Deaths Among Children Left Unattended in or Around Motor Vehicles – United States, July 2000 – June 2001

Analysis of motor vehicle-related fatalities involving children under the age of six years (1995-2000)

Driveway-related child pedestrian injuries: a case-control study

Trauma Center-Based Surveillance of Nontraffic Pedestrian Injury among California Children