The death of a child is the most tragic thing we deal with as Virginia personal injury lawyers. I was deeply saddened to read about the backover death of a five-year-old child in Gloucester County this week. The boy was hit by a truck as it reversed.
Virginia State Police reported the crash around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 12000 block of George Washington Memorial Highway in Gloucester County.
Troopers say the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado was backing up in a driveway on private property when the pickup hit the child. The boy was taken to Walter Reed Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
Media reports stated no further details about the accident were released including whether charges were pending.
Our thoughts are with the family of this child in the wake of this tragic accident. Details of the backover death of a five-year-old in Gloucester County remain sketchy. Backover deaths occur when a driver reverses and hits a child. They remain a major issue, particularly for SUVs and bulky pickup trucks which have significant blind spots. The use of rear-view cameras can protect children.
What Are Backover Accidents?
The charity KidsandCars.org reports at least 50 kids are involved in backover accidents every week in the United States. They occur when the driver fails to see a child behind a vehicle in his or her blind spot.
Rear-view cameras are featured in this Safercar.gov video
Shockingly, at least two kids die every week in backover accidents in the United States. At least half of the kids who are hurt in backover accidents are under the age of five.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attempted to make car manufacturers equip all new passenger vehicles with rearview cameras by 2014, there was pushback from the industry and it didn’t happen then. The regulation is finally due to come in for new cars in 2019.
In most of these cases, family members cause back-over accidents. A few seconds of inattention may haunt parents for the rest of their lives if their children are badly injured or killed in back-over accidents. In two-thirds of backover accidents, a parent or a close relative reverses over a child.
Anger Over Official Failure to Address Backover Accidents
In a recent article, CNN spoke to Michael and Brandy Dahlen. They lost their little girl when a neighbor backed over her.
The Dahlens were vocal over the government’s failure to implement the law requiring back-up cameras on new motor vehicles. The law was originally enacted in 2008 with a 2011 deadline. The deadline slipped to 2014 and further. It has taken another eight years to come into effect. In that time, many more children have been killed or badly injured.
The Dahlens said their child might still be alive had the legislation been enacted and many other children’s lives would have been saved from backover accidents.
The U.S. Department of Transportation states more than 200 people are killed and 17,000 injured every year in backover crashes. The government says there are bigger blind spots when the drivers are in giant SUVs or pickups.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers represents people who have been hurt or those who lost loved ones across Virginia. Please contact us today about a wrongful death lawsuit or any other kind of personal injury claim at (757) 455-0077. Our lawyers represent many clients on the Virginia Peninsula. We have meeting locations in Hampton and in Newport News.