Every year, thousands of children are hurt or killed 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).
Stories about kids and cars have a tendency to end badly. The children at the links below either lost, or nearly 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 slowly.
KidsAndCars.org urges all drivers to heighten their awareness before moving a vehicle; especially when children are present. Children are impulsive and unpredictable; still have very poor judgment, and little understanding of danger. They do not recognize boundaries such as property lines, sidewalks, driveways or parking spaces. Toddlers have just ‘gotten their legs’ at 12-23 months, but the concept of safety is absent. Frontovers are often the predictable consequence of a child following a parent into the driveway without their knowledge.
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Chart, Statistics, Graphics
Below are KidsAndCars.org charts and graphs which can 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.
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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