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Poor Vehicle Visibility Creates Dangerous Blind Spots

New car designs with low roofs and high trunks offer a sleek appearance, but they can cause drivers to have difficulty seeing out the back window. This poor visibility creates a big blind zone that can be dangerous and even deadly if drivers are not careful when backing up.

Every year, thousands of children are injured and sometimes killed because drivers —parents and relatives in 70 percent of cases—don’t see them while backing up. According to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit group that works to improve child safety around cars, at least 50 children are backed over every week in the United States.

The problem is that many popular vehicles have large blind zones. These blind zones can range from 12 feet for small vehicles to more than 50 feet for a pickup truck . Without a backup camera, this often means a driver does not see a child or an obstacle behind the vehicle.

A Burnett & Williams client was awarded $1.5 million in a similar accident that involved an 18-month-old child.