Theodoros and Rooth, P.C.

Rear View Rule Announced by NHTSA

Each year, more than 200 people are killed in backover accidents. A new federal rule aims to reduce those statistics.

Backover accidents too often involve the death of a young family member under the wheels of a family car.

For two year old Cameron Gulbransen, death came early when he crawled under the wheels of the family SUV after his parents returned from a date night. Toddling after his father as he went to move the car, Cameron was crushed when his father accidentally backed over him. His father found him, blanket in hand, dying from a head wound.

The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 gave the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a mandate to address backover accidents.

In March of this year, NHTSA enacted a rule to reduce backover accidents. The rule states that:

  • All vehicles manufactured on or after May 1, 2018 must provide clear view of the space behind a vehicle.
  • Drivers must have an unobstructed rear view of a space 10 feet by 20 feet directly behind the vehicle.
  • While sensors may aid in detecting rear hazards and objects, the driver must have an actual view of the area to comply with the rule.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated, “As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.”

Always check behind your vehicle before you back up. If you or a loved one is injured through the negligence of others in a car or backing accident in Lake County, speak with experienced attorneys in Merrillville.