North Carolina residents may be interested in learning about an act passed by Congress in 2007, which ordered the Transportation Department to have a mandate in place by 2011 stating that back-up cameras or similar warning devices should be installed in all new light trucks and cars. However, as of 2013, there have been multiple delays and no regulations in place. In an attempt to move things along, several concerned advocates and parents sued the Obama administration in September of 2013 in the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York. Among the lead plaintiffs were two parents who accidentally backed over their children with their vehicles.
According to a report filed in 2010, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 228 people die each year in back-up accidents involving light vehicles. Two groups of people were most vulnerable: children under five and adults over 70. Had the initial deadline of the law been met, there would have been backup warning devices on all light vehicle models for 2014.
Some auto manufacturers, such as Honda, have already made the move. Most of Honda’s 2014 models will have backup cameras as standard features. Proponents of the rear view camera feature hope that it will prevent car accidents similar to the one that affected a San Diego toddler several years ago in which a Ford Escort backed into him and caused severe spinal damage that left him a quadriplegic.
In North Carolina, car accidents are an unfortunate reality. Those who have been involved in car accidents as well as their family members may feel overwhelmed, especially if they are confronted with increasing medical bills. People who feel that they may be entitled to compensation may benefit from speaking with a lawyer, who may be able to evaluate the case and suggest possible ideas on the best way to move forward in an attempt to achieve a favorable resolution.
Source: USA Today, “Administration sued over backup camera delay“, Fred Meier and Chris Woodyard, September 26, 2013