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.

Rear Visibility Standard – learn more about back-up cameras in all cars here

Child Stories

Backover tragedies change the lives of parents, families, and communities forever. The links below will take you to stories of just a few children whose lives were lost, and some near misses, because they could not be seen in the blindzone behind a vehicle.

Cade Wright
Near Misses
Fact Sheet
  • In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week.
  • The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12-23 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.

 Backover Fact Sheet -English           Backover Fact Sheet - Spanish          Backover Fact Sheet - Hmong




Learn the BlindZone measurement 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.


Definition of “Blindzones” vs “Blind Spots”

Safety Tips

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

Backover Safety Tips

Info on Backup Cameras from NHTSA:


A rearview video system (RVS), also known as a backup camera, is a safety technology that helps prevent backover crashes and protect our most vulnerable people—children and senior citizens. By providing an image of the area behind the vehicle, backup cameras help drivers see behind the vehicle.


When a driver shifts a vehicle into reverse, the RVS shows—either in the dashboard or in a small display in the rearview mirror—an image of the area behind the vehicle. The field of view includes a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. It’s important to remember that rearview video systems are not a replacement for mirrors or turning around to look; rather, they’re an added safety tool for revealing hidden dangers.


Yes, in fact, by May 2018, NHTSA will require this life-saving technology on all new vehicles. Until then, we recommend you look for RVSs that meet NHTSA’s performance specifications when shopping for a vehicle.  Today, RVSs are optional equipment on many new cars, SUVs and trucks. To find out if RVS is available in the vehicle you’re interested in buying, visit NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings and search for 2011 vehicles and newer.


Chart, Statistics, Graphics

Below are 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.

Click on an image below to open a full PDF file of the chart.. Please note, the PDF files are large and may take some time to open in your browser.

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Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Videos

Heighten awareness about the dangers children face in and around motor vehicles with’s Public Service Announcements. Please encourage TV stations, hospital, doctor offices, public health offices, parenting classes, etc., to share this life-saving information.

Backover Studies

Learn more about backovers through studies specific to backover injuries and deaths. There have been several studies published about backovers, but there is still much to be learned.


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.

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