Would you purchase a vehicle that had a 'blind-spot' big enough to hide 62 kids? If you own a SUV, mini-van, or large truck, changes are you already have. KidsAndCars.org released a video that may surprise you. It certainly surprised me. Here are the surprising numbers:
At least 50 kids are backed over by vehicles every week.
Yes, 5 - 0, as in FIFTY. Every WEEK. As in 7 days. Now I'm no mathematician, but I calculate that to be approximately 7.142857142857143 children a day. That's one child every 3.36 hours. Which means that in the time it took me to do the math (approximately 3.36 hrs), another child has become a victim of a back-over accident.
Here are the facts:
- The predominant age of victims are one year olds. (12-23 months)
- Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
- Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.
- Over 2400 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year due a child being struck by or rolled over by a vehicle moving in reverse.
- Know where the kids are and make them move to a place where you can see them in plain view. This is the perfect time for waving bye and blowing kisses.
- When you leave the house, ensure that an adult is supervising the kiddos, in case they attempt to "escape" the house.
- Walk around and behind a vehicle prior to backing to ensure the path is clear. Remember, a child wouldn't think twice before darting behind your vehicle to prevent his toy truck from becoming scrapyard metal.
- Educate other family members and friends. Many times it is not the parent who is the driver, but a grandparent, sibling, or other relative.
- And one of the best preventative measures you can take is to consider installing cross view mirrors, audible collision detectors, rear view video camera and/or some type of back up detection device.
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Remember: knowing the facts, reduces the risk. Knowledge is prevention, and ignorance is