Mandatory rear cameras would prevent 1,125 annual injuries

On behalf of Mike Clancy

Rear cameras came standard in 44 percent of 2012 vehicle models sold in the United States. Another 27 percent of models from that same year offered this type of camera system as an option. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to up the number of vehicles with rear cameras to 100 percent.

In fact, the NHTSA issued a ruling on Monday, March 31 that will require nearly all vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have rear cameras installed by May 1, 2018. This is the mandatory deadline for buses, trucks and cars that fall under the requirement, but that certainly doesn’t mean that manufacturers can’t start making the switch even earlier.

Why the requirement? NHTSA data shows that approximately 15,000 injuries are suffered per year in accidents involving a vehicle in the process of reversing. Another 210 people are killed annually on average in these backup accidents.

Cameras not only help drivers see what may be behind them, but they also can include a warning system that helps the car alert a driver that may not be paying attention. Making these cameras mandatory would prevent an estimated 1,125 injuries from occurring each year and about 13 to 15 lives from being lost.

This mandatory requirement isn’t a recent idea. In fact, Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which included the requirement, several years ago. It was signed into law in 2008, but delays involving research and the writing of the specific requirement pushed it back.

One can only make a guess as to the number of car accident injuries that could have been prevented if these delays had been avoided. When it comes to a personal injury lawsuit, delays aren’t likely something that a victim wants to deal with. The right personal injury attorney will help victims in Chicago not only receive the maximum compensation they deserve, but get it to them as soon as possible.

Source: Star Tribune, “NHTSA issues final ruling that requires rearview technology in new vehicles by 2018,” Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press, March 31, 2014

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Mandatory rear cameras would prevent 1,125 annual injuries