A back-over incident takes place when a car is backing out of a driveway or parking space. It is a common and mostly preventable mishap, but thousands of children every year are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn’t see them. Just like what happened to a 14-month toddler in Lee County.
According to S.C. Highway Patrol, little Jaylen was hit by a 1996 BMW driven by a 17-year-old female relative. This is more common than you might believe. The most common victims of back-over accidents are between the ages of 1 and 2, and are struck by a relative or parent.
As stated by KidsAndCars, a national group that tracks child deaths in motor vehicles, 50 children are backed over by vehicles every week in the U.S. 2 out of 50 die from their injuries. For that reason, drivers need to be aware of the “blind zone” that extends around the car when they back up.
One good lesson to remember: “Never move a motor vehicle until you make sure nothing is behind you.” You can always have one person exit the vehicle and another person to check what’s behind it. It is better to be cautious than regret later on.
If your beloved child has been a victim of a back-over caused by other people’s negligence, knowing your rights and acquiring legal protection will certainly help you get the compensation you deserve. Let an expert lawyer assist you with your case. Contact Auger & Auger today for a free consultation.