Back-Up Cameras and Accident Statistics

Not many people know about a law that was passed in 2008 requiring that all new motor vehicles have a backup camera. The law had a 2011 deadline, and yet new cars are still being manufactured without the required cameras. The enactment of this law could save more lives than you might think. The U.S. Department of Transportation has released statistics stating more than 200 people are killed each year in back-over crashes, and more than 17,000 people are injured. Nearly 50% of these fatalities are children under the age of five.

Michael and Brandy Dahlen suffered every parent’s worst nightmare when their two-year-old daughter Abigail was accidentally run over by a teenager backing out of his driveway. Watch below to hear their tragic story.

For the Dahlens, it must be unbearable to know that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was required to comply with the law in 2008, before Abigail was even born, but has extended their deadline to comply two different times. NHTSA even issued a statement agreeing that the mandate for rear-mounted video cameras could “cut in half deaths and injuries due to backing crashes, at a cost of about $159 to $203 per vehicle”. Seems like a small price to pay to save lives.

We want to express our heartfelt condolences to the Dahlen family, as well as the many other families who have lost a loved one due to accidents of this nature. We wholly support the mandate for back-up cameras on new vehicles and hope the NHTSA will comply with the law without further delay.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another, contact our office for a free consultation today.

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