A 1-year-old boy was hit and killed in the street by a pickup truck that was backing out of a neighbor’s house a day after Christmas. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, officials said Orange County Sheriff’s deputies the evening of Dec. 26 to the 4000 block of Casa Oro Drive. Once there, they found a child who had been hit by a truck in front of his home. The child, almost 2 years old, was hit by a vehicle that was backing out of a nearby home. He was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.
Officials say the boy was in the street when the car hit him. Investigators are still looking into exactly where the pickup truck was when it hit the boy. It is not yet known if the driver was impaired, but the driver did remain at the scene and was questioned by officials. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family member of this child who was struck and killed the day after Christmas. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Kids and Backover Accidents
According to the website RearViewSafety.com, each week in the United States, there are more than 50 backover accidents involving children and the average of children who get hit by vehicles backing up is 1. Most of these accidents occur with larger vehicles such as pickup trucks, vans and SUVs. Of the 50 children who get run over in this manner each week, two end up dying.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 2,400 children are treated in emergency rooms each year as a result of backover accidents. There is a law on the books requiring automakers to install rearview cameras in all new vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports 17,000 injuries each year from backover accidents nationwide and more than 200 deaths. Around half of these fatalities involve children under 5. These deaths might have been prevented if rearview cameras are installed in vehicles.
Tips to Prevent Backover Accidents
Here are a few tips that might help prevent these types of tragic accidents:
- Always walk around and behind a vehicle before moving it.
- Install a rearview camera, backup sensors or additional mirrors on your vehicles. Use these devices in addition to looking around and behind your vehicle carefully to see if anyone is in your path before backing up.
- If you have an adult passenger with you, ask them to be your lookout. Make sure they are at a safe distance away from your vehicle so they are not in danger of getting hit.
- Keep toys, bikes and other sports equipment out of the driveway.
- Be extra vigilant about keeping children safe in and around vehicles during busy times such as the holidays.
If your child has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.