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Backup Accidents: The Dangers of Driving In Reverse

William W. Hurst, Car Accident Lawyer – Indianapolis, IN

Everyone understands driving is dangerous and the utmost care must be exercised when doing so in order to avoid accidents which could lead to severe injury and even death. But most people don’t think of how dangerous something as simple as backing out of your driveway or even a parking spot can be. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) somewhere between 180 and 300 people, most of them children, are killed each year as a result of being hit by drivers backing up and approximately 18,000 more are
injured. These numbers are astounding considering the fact that drivers operating in reverse are travelling at relatively low speeds, so what causes the accidents and further, what can be done to prevent them?

Causes of Accidents In Reverse

Lack of Attention: Many times drivers who are in a hurry just whip out of their driveway or parking Backup Accidentsspot without even looking. This is increasingly common with drivers who are familiar with their surrounds, i.e., their driveway. The problem is that there might be someone behind you and by not taking the time to look you may cost someone their life. Some drivers also simply aren’t paying attention. they go through the motions of looking at their mirrors, but because they’re distracted by either their phone or something else they continue to back up without even realizing anyone is their.

Blind SpotsEvery vehicle has blind spots, that’s just the way it is. For the most part, the bigger the vehicle the bigger the blind spot and the harder it is to see if someone, especially a small child, has crept in behind your vehicle. Sometimes even checking every mirror and even turning to look over both shoulders won’t reveal that someone is behind you if they are in a blind spot. It shouldn’t be surprising that most people killed or injured in back up accidents are children who are small enough to fit into blind spots.

So how can these problems be fixed?

Fixing The Problem of Backup Accident

Paying More Attention: Simply making sure you look in every possible directions should will help decrease backup accidents. As stated above many of these accidents are due to mere inattention. Remember, driving is a privilege that should be taken seriously and handled with the utmost care at all times.

Backup Cameras: Backup cameras that some vehicles now come equipped with severely diminish and in some cases almost completely eliminate blind spots. The more vehicles that are equipped with these devices the better, but even with them full attention must be paid for them to work.

Reverse Alarms: Beep! Beep! Beep! – That should create a response of making you more alert, at least that’s the idea behind them. Do they actually help or are they just annoying? No one really knows, but the hope is that they at least help a little.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

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Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney