As part of the 2008 Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, Congress directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to create rules to improve rear visibility in vehicles. It's anticipated that the final rules will require motor vehicle manufactures to equip all new cars and trucks with rearview cameras.
Behind every vehicle is a blind spot that rearview mirrors or just turning around will not allow the driver to see into. Tragic car accidents can occur when people, especially small children, are in these blind spots when drivers begin to move in reverse.
In a 2010 proposed rule, the NHTSA estimated that nearly 300 fatalities and approximately 18,000 injuries occur every year in backup accidents. The NHTSA estimates that children under five-years-old account for 44 percent of backup accident fatalities, a statistic supported by estimates by the nonprofit KidsandCars. According to the group, two children are killed and another 50 are injured each week when they are backed over.
An estimate by the NHTSA shows that installing backup cameras would save between 95 and 112 lives and prevent more than 8,300 injuries each year.
The overall cost of requiring the installation of rearview cameras in all new vehicles is estimated be around $2.7 billion, or between $58 and $203 per vehicle - depending on whether a vehicle is already equipped with an in-dash screen.
After a delay, a final rule is expected to be announced by the NHTSA by the end of December 2012.
Backup accidents often result in injuries and medical bills. People injured in these accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, future injury-related expenses, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been involved in a backup accident, please consult an experienced personal injury attorney to explore your legal options.