Pedestrian accidents, parking lot accidents, a growing danger in Reno
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