Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Back-up The Bus: Preventing Child Backovers
It's a parent's worst nightmare. We're talking about back over injuries. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, at least one child a week dies as a result of being accidentally backed over by a family vehicle. Even more tragic is that it's often a family member who is behind the wheel. Between 2000 and 2003, almost 7,500 kids between the ages of 1 and 14 were injured in backover incidents. That doesn't include the 91 children that died from being backed over in 2003. What's even worse is that many drivers are actually using the rearview mirror at the time of the accident. However, small children often can't be seen in the car's blind spot. The good news is that there are simple steps that can be taken to ensure your child does not become the victim of a backover accident. For starters, make sure your child knows it's never okay to play in or around automobiles.