There’s over 60,000 accidents that occur each year as a result of blind spots that occur from parking lots and garages as people back out. Many drivers avoid checking their surroundings before reversing down the driveway or making their way out of a parking lot. Crashes that come as a result of accidents while backing out can often be destructive when they involve larger vehicles like pickups, SUVs and cargo vans.

Back over accidents can also be extremely traumatic. Back-over accidents have resulted in severe injuries to nearly 3000 people each year. Whether it’s an unprotected cyclist or pedestrian, drivers failing to check their blind spots can often result in suits for negligence because these accidents are preventable.

If you want to prevent these types of accidents in your own vehicle follow some of these top tips:

Educate your kids: make sure the children are instructed to never play around vehicles. Even a parked vehicle can present danger if a child plays behind it and isn’t noticed. Parents should guide their children through parking lots to maintain safety.

Use driver assistance:

Driver assistance technology like backup cameras comes standard in many modern vehicles. You can upgrade your older model vehicle with driver assistance technology so that you can prevent these crashes.

Remain aware of your surroundings of the pedestrian:

Pay attention to all of your surroundings as you are walking and consider putting your electronics and headphones away. Stay safe and treat every driver on the road as if they do not see you.

Take caution when backing out:

Inspect your surroundings and check your blind spots is required before reversing. Make sure that you are backing up slowly so that anyone behind you can quickly react and get out of the way of your vehicle if they are still in a direct blind spot where you can’t see them.

Prevent the chance that you could be found negligent in an accident by always taking full caution while backing out.

This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a personal injury attorney in Pasco County at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve!