Reno pedestrian accidents and parking lot accidents are a danger during
the busy holiday shopping season. In some cases, premise liability issues
can result in dangerous conditions. In other cases, motorists in a hurry
can be at-fault in backover accidents.
The Reno personal injury lawyers and the staff at Joey Gilbert Law wish
you a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Please look twice in parking
lots and keep a hand on small children.
The federal government reports the elderly are also at increased risk of
pedestrian accidents and backover accidents. In fact, the issue has prompted
the U.S. Department of Transportation to propose tough new standards for
the design of passenger vehicles.
“There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver
to back out of a garage or driveway and kill or injure an undetected child
playing behind the vehicle,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“The changes we are proposing today will help drivers see into those
blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up.”
The new rules require an expanded field of vision for all passenger vehicles.
The government believes the auto industry will most likely comply by installing
rearview cameras and dash monitors in all new cars by 2014.
“The steps we are taking today will help reduce back-over fatalities
and injuries not only to children, but to the elderly, and other pedestrians,”
said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “And while these changes
will make a difference, drivers must remember that no technology can,
or should, replace full attention and vigilance when backing up. Always
know where your children are before you start your car and make sure you
check that there is no one behind you before you back up.”
The government estimates nearly 300 fatalities and 18,000 injuries occur
each year as a result of backover accidents. Nearly half of all victims
are children under the age of 5. One-third of such crashes involve the elderly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 56 people were
killed in Nevada pedestrian accidents in 2008 and the numbers have continued
to increase over the last few years.
If you or a loved one is injured or in an accident, call Joey Gilbert Law
today for a free confidential consultation - (775) 574-4774