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Will Back-up Cameras Prevent Car Accidents?

Will Back-up Cameras Prevent Car Accidents?

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The use of automotive technology has grown to become an important part of the road safety campaign, specifically car accident prevention. It’s becoming increasingly common to find advanced car safety features and controls in newer models of motor vehicles. Some of these features perform tasks such as:

• Stability control,
• Warning the driver about the likelihood of a forward collision,
• Emergency braking,
• Warning about lane departure,
• Automatic crash notification.
The key question on a lot of people’s minds is the role that back-up cameras play in preventing accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 58 to 69 people die each year due to accidents that occur when backing up. Making rear visibility devices a standard requirement in vehicles will prevent these deaths.
Other studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show that the likelihood of hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or a vehicle when reversing from a driveway or parking lot will reduce by 46%.

How back up cameras work
Rear visibility devices will become a standard feature in all new vehicles cars, trucks and buses weighing below 10,000 pounds and manufactured from May 1 2018.

A driver operating a vehicle fitted with a backup camera will have a clear view of a zone measuring 10ft*20ft. The camera will provide visibility via a screen mounted on the driver console inside the vehicle.
Older drivers, who may have trouble turning around during reverse drive, will find rearview cameras particularly useful for navigating blind spots and ensuring there are no obstacles, vehicles or people behind them.

There are doubts about the usefulness of back up cameras
The Washington Post recently referenced a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which found that back up cameras only cover 10% of a driver’s blind zone, leaving out a bigger chunk.

When driving in reverse without a back-up camera, a driver is likely to turn around, make use of the rear-view mirror, or look around the cars to ensure there are no obstacles or people. But with a camera installed, the driver will default to using the screen, which will not capture anything outside of the 10 by 20 ft. zone.

Safety precautions when using Back up cameras
• Only use when reversing on slow speeds. If your speed exceeds 6mph, your back up camera might not work.
• Don’t over rely on your camera when reversing. Practices such as using your vehicle mirrors or looking over your shoulder will keep you safer.
• Inspect all around your vehicle to ensure there are no obstacles

Note: A car with a rear-view camera is designed to stop when it detects an obstacle but you’re still responsible for ensuring a crash doesn’t happen.

Have You Been Injured in a Back over Accident? Get Legal Help Today

Injuries sustained during a car accident, even one moving at low speed, can be quite serious and cause you to lose your income, incur hospital bills, suffer from pain or incur damage to your property. If you, your relatives or friends have been involved in such an accident, your first step should be to consult an experienced car accident lawyer

Call us on 914-879-4550 or visit www.accidentvictimhelp.com. We will advise you how to proceed with your case in order to get financial settlement.

This information is in no way legal advice, and does not create the attorney-client relationship. Consult expert legal counsel such as Mr. Duffy to go over your case details to fully answer your questions.

References:
1. http://accidentvictimhelp.com/practice-areas/
2. http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/NHTSA+Announces+Final+Rule+Requiring+Rear+Visibility+Technology
3. https://www.aaafoundation.org/back-cameras

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