Fighting for the Recovery of Backing-Up Car Accident Victims
Car back up accidents kill an estimated 50 children across the United States every week, according to the safety advocates at KidsandCars.org. One year children are considered the most at risk, likely due to their small size and inability to understand the dangers of darting near the back of a car. The majority of back up accidents involve larger vehicles, such as pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs.
If your child is injured or killed in a back up car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses associated with the crash from the at-fault driver. The personal injury lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC, zealously represent the relatives of injured children across the state of Illinois. Our compassionate firm understands how hard it can be to lose a child or watch your child be hurt in an accident. We seek to achieve justice for your child’s injuries or death from the party responsible for the accident.
Preventing Back Up Car Accident
All drivers have the responsibility to use caution when backing up so as to avoid the possibility of a back up accident. Follow the tips below to help keep children and others safe when you reverse:
- Check all mirrors and blind spots: Before backing out of your driveway, a parking spot, or another area, check all of your mirrors and look over your shoulder to check in your blind spot. With caution, you could notice a young child behind you and prevent a backing up accident.
- Select a vehicle with a safety device: Many newer vehicles come with back up safety devices, such as back up sensors, cameras, and even automatic braking that will stop the car if someone or something behind the car is detected. For the safety of your child and others, check for these safety features when choosing a car.
- Hold your child’s hand near streets and parking lots: Parents can help to keep their children safe by holding their hands whenever cars may be nearby. This includes while walking on sidewalks, where cars could suddenly pull out and may not notice small children.
- Drive slow: Always back up in a slow and controlled manner. This can help give pedestrians time to move out of the way to avoid an accident.
Liability for Backover Accidents
Often, the driver that backed up and injured or killed a child will be liable. Illinois law allows the parents of injured children to bring a personal injury action against the at-fault driver for their child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Parents who lose a child in such a tragic accident may file a wrongful death suit and obtain coverage for their tremendous loss.
Stein & Shulman, LLC: Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys with Over 45 Years of Combined Legal Experience
If your child has been injured or killed in a back up car accident, contact the Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC. Our firm has handled all manner of personal injury cases involving both adults and children. We have achieved over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. We understand how terrifying it can be to witness your child be injured in an accident. Our attorneys are dedicated to seeing that our injured clients receive the full compensation to which they are entitled in a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.