Backup cameras are believed to be a great safety feature that can prevent car accidents.
With backup cameras, pulling out of a parking spot into the street has become increasingly safe and easy. It is believed to be a great safety feature that can prevent car accidents. However, recent research shows that even with the increasing use of backup cameras, backing up car accidents still occur.
How Effective are Backup Cameras?
According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), all new cars will be mandatory by May 2018. While backup cameras have been around for a while, there is not enough data available to measure their effectiveness in preventing car accidents.
The review of data shows that the number of vehicles equipped with backup cameras has increased by almost 100% over the last three years, however, the number of injuries resulting from backing up accidents only reduced by under 10 percent. The good news, however, is that wrongful deaths arising from backing up accidents have come down by 30% over the past four years.
According to NHTSA, once all vehicles have backup cameras, a process that may take many years, because all non-equipped vehicles will eventually have to come off the road, 60 lives will be saved each year. Also, the government believes that the presence of backup cameras in cars will help avert some dangerous situations such as those involving children playing near driveways. This may prevent many child injuries, because most young children are not tall enough to be visible to even the most attentive drivers, and backup cameras can help avoid running over a child.
There is enough evidence available to support how backup cameras reduce driver’s blind spots by over 90%, but drivers who rely solely on the technology by looking at the dashboard screen and do not look backwards themselves can still strike other vehicles, property and pedestrians. So, it is important for drivers to understand that backup cameras can only help them in safe operation of the vehicle, and they should not think that it alone will allow them to avoid a car accident.
So, while there are definitely advantages to having backup cameras in a car, it is not a guarantee that a driver will avoid a backup accident just because they have one.
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