Back-over accidents can occur in many different scenarios. From inattentive drivers backing out of parking spaces to dump truck drivers reversing without a full field of view, various types of scenarios are common, and individuals and families who suffer losses will often be able to recover just compensation with the help of an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer.
If you have been seriously injured in a back-over accident in South Florida, or if you have tragically lost a family member due to a driver’s negligence, you have clear legal rights under Florida law. Negligent drivers can be held fully accountable for their mistakes; and, when negligent drivers cause accidents on the job, their employers can be held accountable as well. With decades of experience handling serious and fatal auto accident cases, attorney Gregg Hollander has an extensive track record of helping victims and families recover just compensation. To find out how much you may be entitled to recover, schedule a free consultation at Hollander Law Firm today.
Common Examples of Back-Over Accidents
While back-over accidents can be easily avoided with prudent driving, they are alarmingly common. According to the safety advocacy group KidsAndCars.org, an average of 232 fatalities and 13,000 injuries result from these accidents each year. Some of the most-common examples of these accidents include:
- Back-Over Accidents in Parking Lots – In parking lots, drivers are often in a rush, and they are often not being as careful as they should. Drivers who back out of parking spaces without looking for pedestrians are to blame for a significant number of back-over accidents each year
- Back-Over Accidents on City Streets – In Fort Lauderdale and other South Florida cities, drivers who are attempting to back into parallel parking spaces or back up in order to enter the flow of traffic frequently cause back-over accidents involving pedestrians as well.
- Back-Over Accidents in Driveways and Neighborhoods – In neighborhoods, drivers backing out of their driveways have a legal duty to check carefully for approaching cyclists and pedestrians. When they fail to check, and when this failure leads to an accident, they can (and should) be held accountable.
- Back-Over Accidents on Construction Sites – Back-over accidents are common occurrences on construction sites in South Florida. Accidents involving dump trucks, delivery trucks, and other large vehicles account for a significant number of construction site accidents each year.
- Back-Over Accidents Involving Children – Tragically, many back-over accidents involve children. According to KidsAndCars.org, most back-over accident victims are under the age of two, and children under the age of five are at particularly high risk for being seriously or fatally injured.
- Back-Over Accidents Involving Elderly Adults – Elderly adults are also particularly vulnerable to suffering serious and fatal injuries in back-over accidents. Not only are aging seniors less able to avoid being backed over, but they are generally at higher risk for suffering traumatic injuries even in low-speed collisions.
Common Factors in Back-Over Accidents Involving Children and Adults
In back-over accidents, the single largest contributing factor is driver negligence. All drivers should look carefully before reversing their vehicles; but, unfortunately, many do not. Oftentimes, drivers take a quick glance (at most) before shifting into reverse, and they do not consider the possibility that a pedestrian, cyclist or child could be approaching.
If you or a loved one was hit by a reversing driver, you owe it to yourself to speak with a Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer about your legal rights. If a negligent driver is to blame, his or her insurance company will most likely be liable for your (or your family’s) losses. There are various other factors that can play a role in back-over accidents as well, and an experienced attorney will be able to use the facts of your case to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Common factors in back-over accidents involving children and adults include:
- Driver Negligence – As mentioned above, driver negligence is the single most-common factor in back-over accidents.
- Distracted Driving – Distracting driving is a form of negligence, and it is among the leading causes of all types of serious and fatal collisions involving cyclists, pedestrians and children.
- Driver Inexperience – Inexperienced drivers are less likely to understand their vehicles’ blind spots and to know to look carefully in all directions before reversing.
- Large Vehicles – Larger vehicles tend to have larger blind spots. However, this is not an excuse for their drivers to put others in harm’s way.
- Highly-Populated Areas – Most back-over accidents occur in highly-populated areas such as parking lots, neighborhoods and downtown areas where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic.
- Fatigue, Intoxication and Other Impairments – Drivers who are normally safe behind the wheel can make dangerous mistakes when they are fatigued, intoxicated or otherwise impaired.
What if I (or My Child) was Backed Over by a Family Member or Neighbor?
Many back-over accidents, particularly those involving children, occur close to home; and, understandably, many accident victims and parents are hesitant to file lawsuits against their family members and neighbors. But, auto insurance covers pedestrian accidents, and this type of situation is exactly what insurance is for.
If you or your child has been seriously injured (or if you have tragically lost your child in a back-over accident), your losses could be substantial. Not only could you be facing exorbitant medical bills, but you could be facing months or years of lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses as well. If your family member or neighbor was negligent, his or her auto insurance policy should cover your family’s losses; and, more likely than not, he or she will want you to file a claim and recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.
Discuss Your Case with Fort Lauderdale Auto Accident Lawyer Gregg Hollander
If you would like more information about seeking financial compensation after a back-over accident in South Florida, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer Gregg Hollander. Call (561) 347-7770 to request an appointment 24/7, or tell us how you would like to be contacted online now. Our law firm has offices conveniently located in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.