Statistics show that 1 out of every 5 auto accidents occurs in parking lots. The most common accident is a result of a vehicle reversing out of a parking space backing into another vehicle. Most of the damage to vehicles are minor. The real danger is when a vehicle reversing strikes a pedestrian or a bicyclists which can result in serious injuries or death.
Most injuries in parking lots involve children
Each year it is estimated by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) that approximately 200 fatalities and 15,000 injuries occur in back up accidents. Every week at least 50 children are struck in back up accidents and unfortunately 2 of those children are fatally injured. A majority of those children killed are under the age of 4.
Most, if not all accidents occur as a result of the child being in the driver’s blind spot. Today more people are driving larger vehicles such as sports utility vehicles, mini-vans and mid-sized trucks. As a result, the blind spots are larger in these types of vehicles.
In order to prevent or minimize these types of back up accidents, knowing the vehicles blind spots are paramount for safety. In addition, knowing your surrounding and parking defensively (i.e. pulling through a parking spot to exit going forward) is likely to reduce the risk of an accident.
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