Cars are dangerous.
It’s easy to forget that something so common in our lives, something so many of us safely use each day, can cause utter devastation in people’s lives.
Cars and trucks are essentially large, heavy chunks of metal that are capable of inflicting great damage. I was reminded of this fact by the tragic story of a Chevy Avalanche owner who accidentally backed over a child. It’s a terrible reminder that cars are dangerous, especially many of the late-model vehicles with sloped roofs, small windows and large blind spots.
Is a sleek look worth the added safety risk?
The topic of blind-spot safety should be one that’s more commonly addressed. Consumer Reports did a piece on the topic in 2012 and said:
Every year, children are injured and killed because drivers (in 70% of cases, parents and relatives) don’t see them while backing up. According to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit group that works to improve child safety around cars, at least 50 children are backed over every week in the U.S. Forty-eight are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least 2 children die.
That’s horrifying and should never happen. The best way to prevent it is to be extra careful when backing up. Ideally, drivers should walk a full circle around their vehicle before getting in and leaving the driveway, paying special attention to any children nearby.
Pickup trucks and SUVs can have a blind spot of up to 50 feet, meaning anything under 28 inches tall within that zone won’t be seen by a driver in a moving vehicle.
As backup cameras in new cars become more prevalent, accidents should decrease. Personally, I believe every new vehicle, at least trucks and SUVs, should come standard with a camera. That’s a small price to pay by automakers to help put an end to the tragedy of kids getting hurt or killed by family vehicles.
Do you think all new vehicles should come with a backup camera for safety reasons?