As stated above, these accidents are primarily caused by drivers’ failure to adequately check their surroundings. As such, in order to reduce the likelihood of these accidents, drivers should check all mirrors, blind spots, and behind them before reversing. Drivers should also reverse slowly, which increase the chances that others on the road notice the reversing vehicle and avoid collision.
Pedestrians and bicyclists must also exercise caution, especially based on the large blind spots for large vehicles. They should not assume that a driver sees them. In order to avoid collision and injury, they should yield to any reversing vehicle.
Children are especially vulnerable to backover accidents because of their size in relation to these large vehicles. As such, educating children regarding safety, such as not playing near vehicles, helps to prevent these accidents. However, parents must not solely rely on this safety education. Instead, adequate parental supervision is important.
Driver assistance technology prevents backover accidents by improving drivers’ view of their surroundings and warning them when the vehicle is near another object or person. Examples of this technology include rear automatic braking, rearview cameras, and rear cross traffic alert. In fact, new vehicles must have rear visibility technology. However, this technology is not a substitute for driver caution. The combination of driver caution and the use of driver assistance technology can help prevent the devastating injuries caused by backover accidents.