Extra caution when backing up can reduce the amount of Syracuse car accidents

by William Mattar | May 10th, 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that back-over/back-up accidents are responsible for injuring or killing people every year in the United States. Tragically, some fatalities involve children struck by vehicles backing out of driveways. Syracuse also has its fair share of injuries and fatalities due to drivers neglecting to look behind their vehicles before backing up.

Sometimes, backing-up accidents in Syracuse involve one car backing into another, which can result in property damage. In cases where the driver of the car is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the damage caused can be more than just property damage, especially if the driver is backing up at a high rate of speed.

Tips for Backing Up Safely

  • Before backing out of a driveway, walk around your car to make sure nothing is behind or beside the car. Keep shrubbery around driveways trimmed to allow you to see pedestrians and sidewalks easily.
  • If you have children and grandchildren running around your home throughout the day, you can teach them to put their “feet on the lawn” when they hear an engine starting or notice somebody walking to their car. Tell them to wait until the car has completely backed out of the driveway and is on the street before they leave the grass.
  • Park in the back area of a parking lot where there are less cars and pedestrians. Moms with children and elderly people who have trouble walking tend to park as close possible to stores.Syracuse residents who have been injured by someone backing out of their driveway or parking spot may be compensated for injuries and other damages. Contact William Mattar today to talk to a vehicle accident lawyer who will discuss your case with you at a free initial consultation.
  • Consider investing in a backup camera that provides a clear view of what’s behind you without the need to turn around.

Syracuse residents who have been injured by someone backing out of their driveway or parking spot may be compensated for injuries and other damages. Contact William Mattar today to talk to a Syracuse car accident lawyer who will discuss your case with you at a free initial consultation.