Backovers

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.

Tragedies
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

 

 

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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.

                

Info on Backup Cameras from NHTSA:

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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 Non- Fatal Child Incidents by Type  Blindzone Chart  Visibility Chart

An entire preschool class was behind this SUV and the driver could not see a single one of the children from the driver’s seat, even when using their rear & side view mirrors.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Videos

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.

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

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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