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Seeing Behind Required by New Law

  • July 20, 2018
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Back-up cameras are now required in all new cars. This federal law is being highlighted as paving the way to driverless cars, but I think it is a huge improvement in keeping you safe.
Back-up accidents are amazingly common. This might shock you but backing-up results in hundreds of deaths a year in the U.S. and more than 10,000 injuries.

I see back-up accidents on a regular basis. The drivers often say they just didn’t see the person behind them. Back-up cameras are going to make that excuse almost impossible to defend.

Drivers have a legal requirement to exercise, what lawyers call, reasonable care. If you put a car in reverse and do not look behind you, it may be a failure to exercise that requirement. Under Alabama law, that is considered negligence – the legal theory that states a person is responsible for any harm resulting from their actions.

It is easy to see that this new law will benefit children. They are often too small to be easily seen by rearview or side mirrors. The next group to benefit is senior citizens. Various surveys have shown that rear end collisions among those over 70 years old have fallen by 40 percent with the use of cameras.

This law is only for passenger cars. Many back-up accidents are caused by trucks and vans; this is why so many make a beeping sound when backing up. Even with the use of cameras, you still need to be careful either as a driver or a pedestrian.

If you are hurt in a traffic accident or suffer a personal injury, you can talk to us at the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie for free. We want to help you get back on your feet.

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Allen Ritchie
Alabama personal injury lawyer

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