Back-Over accidents occur when a vehicle is going in reverse and strikes a pedestrian, bicycle rider or motorcycle rider. Back-Over accidents are far too common and they often result in grave injuries or even fatalities because the victim of the crash typically has little protection from the impact of the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Back-Over accident, the driver who hit you may be held legally responsible for the accident. It is important that you understand your legal rights to obtain compensation, and that you have a dedicated legal representative advocating on your behalf. At Van Sant Law, LLC, our experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers have represented many clients who were injured by reversing vehicles. Give us a call today to learn how we can put our legal background and knowledge to work for you.
The Dangers of Back-Over Accidents
Back-Over accidents cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of fatalities every single year. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- There are 292 deaths on average in the U.S. every year because of Back-Overs;
- Each year in the US, approximately 18,000 people are hurt due to Back-Over accidents;
- The elderly are at great risk. Thirty-three percent of those killed in Back-Over accidents involving light vehicles are ages 70 and older; and,
- Children under age 5 are also more likely to be victims of Back-Over accidents. Kids five and under account for 44 percent of deaths caused by Back-Over accidents in light vehicles.
These accidents may occur on the road when cars are backing up, but they are far more likely to occur in parking lots and on residential driveways. When a driver is backing out of a parking space or leaving his home and doesn't look carefully behind him, he could easily hit a child, elderly person or other pedestrian or bicycle rider.
Back-Over Accidents Put Everyone at Risk
When a Back-Over accident occurs, the person who was hit by the car is likely to be seriously harmed as a result of the crash. Some common injuries resulting from back-over accidents include:
- Broken/fractured bones;
- Damage to the spinal cord/paralysis;
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or brain damage);
- Neck and back injuries;
- Sprains and strains; and,
- Soft tissue damage
In some cases, the person who is hit in a Back-Over accident never recovers and is unable to ever return to work. In other tragic incidents, the Back-Over accident results in death.
There is significant financial cost when serious injuries or deaths occur due to Back-Over crashes. The person who was backing his or her vehicle up is responsible for causing the accident in almost every situation and is thus responsible for the costs incurred due to the injuries. An Atlanta Car Accident Attorney can help you to obtain compensation from the responsible party for medical bills, lost income/wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If your loved one was killed, then an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer can also assist in obtaining wrongful death compensation.
Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer if You Were Backed Over
Because drivers are expected to look behind them and check their mirrors carefully before backing up, it is generally easy to show that the driver fell short and was negligent in causing the Back-Over accident. However, you will still need to gather evidence to prove your case and you will still need to demonstrate the extent of your damages in order to obtain the maximum compensation.
An Atlanta Car Accident Attorney at Van Sant Law, LLC, can help you to prove your case. We can assist with all aspects of making a Back-Over accident claim, and are prepared to represent you in either negotiations with an insurer for a settlement or in a trial in front of a jury to obtain damages.
To learn more about how we can help you after your Back-Over accident, contact us online or give us a call at (404) 991-5950.