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The dramatic impact of backup cameras

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2022 | Car Accidents

When backup cameras first came onto the scene, they were viewed as an extra piece of technology. There were some drivers who didn’t even want them, assuming that technology would just break more often.

But it became very clear, very quickly that they were actually a terrific safety innovation. Today, it is mandatory that all new cars have backup cameras. Even those who may have initially been against them have come to expect them on modern vehicles. Why was this change made?

Preventing traffic accidents

The thing to remember is that driving in reverse is relatively uncommon. However, it still causes a disproportionate number of accidents. Most drivers spend a very small percentage of their time ever driving in reverse, and they may only do so while backing out of parking spots or driveways. But it’s clear that they face a very elevated risk for accidents at these times, including pedestrian accidents in parking lots.

Backup cameras are much more effective than mirrors and have been able to single-handedly reduce the number of accidents that happen. They are especially beneficial when you’re talking about children, pets or vehicles that are much shorter. A backup camera allows a driver to have a much lower and wider view so that they can see hazards that they might have overlooked in their mirrors.

Financial compensation after a crash

However, even with backup cameras, people still do cause accidents when trying to drive in reverse because it is uncommon and they lack practice. If you are injured in such an accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation. This can help to cover your medical bills and other costs.