Backing out? Prevent accidents with these tips
Backing accidents are those that happen when a person is backing out with their vehicle. A backing accident might happen when someone is leaving their home in the morning or when they’re backing out of a parking space. They can also happen when someone attempts to back up after entering an intersection prematurely or makes another driving error.
It’s important to note that you can prevent backing accidents, but you have to be aware of the risks. Here are a few things to remember that may help you avoid a collision.
- Don’t rely on your backing camera
A backup camera is an excellent tool, but it’s not the only one you should be using. The backup camera your vehicle has will let you see what’s directly behind you, but you should use your mirrors and look behind you as you back up to be sure no one is in your blind spots.
- Watch out in residential areas
Another thing to do to avoid a backup collision is to make sure you are extra cautious in residential areas. Don’t speed, and always keep your eyes on the road and on any entrances or exits. People who are backing up may suddenly cross a sidewalk or move into the roadway, and you should be prepared to slow down or stop to allow them the opportunity to do so.
- Back out slowly
Another good tip is to always back out of a parking spot or driveway slowly. When you back out slowly, others have time to honk at you or to pause to allow you to back out safely. If you accelerate backwards too quickly, you could end up causing a crash.
Hit by someone backing out of their driveway or a parking spot?
If you do end up getting hit by someone who was backing out, the likelihood is that they’re going to be found to be at fault. You should keep in mind what they were doing when you were hit and explain exactly what happened when the police come to the scene. If you need medical attention, seek it, and then look into making a claim against the driver’s insurance.