In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that all new cars must have backup cameras installed by May 2018. Cars and trucks under 10,000 pounds will be mandated to have cameras that cover a 10 by 20-foot zone behind the vehicle. The NHTSA took several years after a bill was passed in 2007 to set and release these official guidelines for rear-visibility. With just about two years left to go, what kinds of benefits can we expect by the time all new cars have backup cameras?

Decrease in Deaths

blog-backupCamAn estimated 200 or more people are killed in deadly back-over accidents each year. Sadly, the majority of these victims are children. About 30 percent of the children killed by a vehicle in reverse are under the age of five. They are more likely to be hit because their small size can’t be detected in a standard rearview mirror.

Decrease in Injuries

There are many more back-over accident injuries than deaths. Around 15,000 people are hurt by drivers backing up their vehicles. Among those injured include pedestrians, patrons in store parking lots and those walking past driveways. The NHTSA estimates that having backup cameras in all vehicles would decrease the likelihood of these accidents by 46 percent.

Increased Awareness

While drivers today face many distractions, the use of a backup camera could help direct more attention to our surroundings. The center display on the dashboard not only helps with backing up, but also parallel parking and blind spots. As a result, the screen can act as the eyes in the back of your head to see objects beyond your range of sight.

Backup cameras are expected to decrease the number of accidents and risk of death from accidental back-over. However, we still need to be alert and defensive against other drivers who may be distracted behind the wheel. If you were the involved in a collision caused by improper rear-visibility, contact our experienced car accident attorneys today.