Why a Camera System?
If you are wondering whether or not to invest in a rear view camera in the first place, consider the following facts:
- The NHTSA notes that rear facing cameras can save up to nearly 70 lives a year.
- The IIHS notes that up to 18,000 people are injured in back-up accidents every year.
- A law requiring the NHTSA to develop rules to prevent back-up accidents was passed in 2008. At this time, the NHTSA determined that only rear-mounted video cameras with in-vehicle displays would provide adequate prevention.
The toll it takes on those who lose a loved one through what could have been a preventable accident is nothing short of devastating. One mother, who lost her two year old daughter in this manner, noted that she felt like “…someone opened a tap on my toes, and all of my life just drained out of me into my feet and a puddle on the floor. Just this complete numbness and darkness, and it was the most awful thing I could imagine.”
Why are Backup Accidents so Commonplace?
One of the leading causes of back-up injuries and deaths is a vehicle’s blind zone. A blind zone can extend as far as 50 feet directly behind the car, which means that it is all too easy for even a careful driver to miss seeing someone until it is too late. What is more, larger vehicles such as SUVs have a larger blind area than smaller vehicles; this increases the death toll as a person hit by a large van or SUV is naturally more likely to sustain serious injuries than an individual hit by a small car. Unfortunately, it is only recently that consumer advocates have been able to successfully push the government to pass a law mandating the installation of backup cameras in all vehicles. This law is set to come into effect in May 2018.
However, as a conscientious driver, you do not have to wait until backup camera systems are mandatory before purchasing one. There are plenty of camera systems to choose from, making it easy for you to pick the one that would best suit your needs and budget. Such a system will not only make driving easier but also safer both for you and those around you.
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