The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that backing-up car accidents cause about 15,000 injuries and 500 deaths annually. Some drivers back up their vehicles slowly while looking in their mirrors, but others do it quickly, without thinking. Here are tips to prevent backing-up car accidents.
Do a Circle Check
Exit the vehicle and walk around it to get an idea of the available room. If a passenger is with you, ask them to do it. Remember to check for potential hazards, like a glass bottle in the back of a tire.
Before backing up, minimize distractions. Ask passengers to stay quiet and put down cell phones, food, or coffee.
Take it Slow
Slower speeds allow drivers more control and time for evasive moves. Think about this – another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a cyclist could suddenly appear, and you might not have time to avoid them.
Use Your Horn
Horns alert others of your vehicle’s location and movements. Tap on yours before you start backing out; others will know what you plan to do.
Use Your Mirrors and Turn Your Head
Rearview mirrors and backup monitors are essential tools, but safety experts warn drivers to turn their heads and look back before putting the car in reverse. Rearview mirrors have blind spots, and backup monitors are not 100 percent perfect; adjust the mirrors regularly and ensure that the monitor is always on.
Keep Your Driveway Clear
Accidents can happen on your property if you are not careful enough. Keep your driveway clear and free of bicycles, trash, and anything else you might run into. Keep your yard maintained by cutting back bushes, trees, and other obstructions.
Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Maintaining safe following distances also prevents backing-up accidents. Even when a vehicle is stopped, they might mistakenly put the car in reverse and back up in your vehicle.
Contact a Chester County Car Accident Lawyer at Eckell Sparks for Legal Guidance
If you were involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, contact a skilled Chester County car accident lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. to schedule a confidential consultation and to learn more about your options. Call us at 610-565-3701 or complete our online form today. We have offices in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we proudly serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.