Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 11:39 pm    

Not all injuries caused by a motor vehicle occurred in a traffic accident. Thousands of children have been injured and killed in the United States in non-traffic motor vehicle accidents. Backover accidents are a type of non-traffic accident that claims the lives of children each year. According to Kids and Cars, 1,366 children have died in backover accidents since 1994. In 2016, 59 children lost their lives in backover accidents. It is estimated that 50 children are involved in backover accidents each WEEK in the United States.

Preventing Backover Accidents Involving Children

Because children are small, and they do not understand the dangers posed by vehicles, children can be at an increased risk of being injured in a backover accident. Even though newer vehicles have technology to help prevent these types of accidents, drivers must continue to be diligent in taking steps to avoid accidents. Technology cannot avoid all accidents — drivers must check all blind spots before putting a vehicle in gear.

Things you can do to help decrease the possibility of a backover accident include:

  • Before entering your vehicle, look at all sides of the vehicle, including underneath your vehicle, to make sure a child is not hiding or playing near your vehicle.
  • Turn down your radio, roll the windows down, and listen. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by anything when you are backing out.
  • When possible, back into parking spaces and driveways to avoid backing out.
  • Be prepared to stop quickly if you hear or feel anything.
  • Never rely solely on backup cameras, sensors, and mirrors. These devices are not foolproof. However, they can be useful, so consider these options when purchasing another vehicle.
  • Teach children not to play near vehicles.
  • When children are in parking lots, make sure they hold hands with an adult.
  • If you have a passenger in the vehicle, have the passenger stand outside while the vehicle is in reverse to look for children.
  • Keep bicycles, toys, and other items that children would play without of the driveway. Place these items away from the driveway.
  • Keep landscaping trimmed around the driveway, sidewalk, and street to help increase visibility of pedestrians and children.
  • Install extra locks and childproof door handles in your home to help prevent a young child from sneaking outside.

For more information, you can visit the Kids and Cars website.

Compensation for Non-Traffic Motor Vehicle Accidents

If your child is injured in a backover accident or other non-traffic motor vehicle accident, your child may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her injuries. However, you need to take steps to protect your child’s legal rights. Our Sacramento child injury lawyers can help you take the steps you need to take to recover the money you need to pay medical expenses and compensate your family for other losses.

Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website to request a free case evaluation and no-obligation legal consultation with a Sacramento child injury lawyer. You cannot undo the pain and suffering your child has endured, but you can seek justice from the person or party responsible for your child’s injuries.  Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial
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The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial
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I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Jereme S. Testimonial
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No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial
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From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!