Readers of this personal injury blog know what can happen when drivers fail to practice an appropriate standard of care when driving. As today’s story illustrates, that duty of safe driving begins the moment an individual gets behind the wheel -- even if he or she has only begun backing up.
In fact, back-over accidents affect a tragically large number of Americans each year, according to data estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a 2010 report, the NHTSA asserted that drivers hit about 15,000 individuals each year when backing up. An estimated 210 people die from this type of accident.