Each year, thousands of children are either injured or are killed in back-over accidents. These tragedies occur when a driver is backing out of a driveway or parking space and doesn’t see the child. Approximately 50 backup injuries involving a child will happen each week across the country. Just recently, a 14-month-old boy has died after he was backed over by a car in a driveway in Lee County. Coroner Larry Logan says Jaylen Halley died at the scene. An autopsy has been planned.
Driveways, parking lots and carports are tempting places for children to play. Keep toys, games and sports equipment safely away from these areas. Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway, and keep all sets of keys away from and out of the reach of children.
Always get into the habit of walking behind your vehicle prior to getting into the car or moving it to make sure that there are no hazards behind you. Visibility is especially compromised in a pickup truck or SUV. Be sure to check your mirrors and to move very slowly.
If there are any children in the vicinity, be sure that they are in full view or safely inside before putting the vehicle into gear. Instruct children that when someone is in the car, they need to stay away. Having another adult present to supervise the children is helpful.
If you or someone you love has been injured, or has tragically lost their lives in a back-over accident, give Howell Lawy a call. Howell Law is supportive and mindful of tragic situations. We have over 31 years of experience in South Carolina accident cases and have successfully advocated for our clients many times. We can help you.