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5 tips to prevent child injuries from frontovers and backovers

As many families prepare for a three-day weekend of fun, there are some safety concerns to keep in mind with extra kids and visitors around the house. Vehicles, in particular, pose a risk to children.  Backovers and frontovers account for 64% of non-traffic automobile fatalities among children. Backovers and frontovers are defined as an accident involving a vehicle driving out of a parked area from the “back” or “front.”

Watch out for the “blind zone,” not just blind spots

While the hidden area on the side of your car is called the “blind spot,” the “blind zone” surrounds the front and rear of your vehicle.

Here you can see the approximate blind zone for different sized vehicles (via Consumer Reports).

According to Kidsandcars.org, the area behind the vehicle responsible for backover accidents and the area in front that causes frontover accidents is the blind zone. In general, the blind zone for most vehicles measures 7 to 8 feet wide and 20 to 30 feet long. However, the blind zone can vary by driver height and type of vehicle.

Frontovers and backovers often happen from a child running to greet a vehicle, trying to say good-bye to a driver, or following a parent out to the car. 50 children are injured every week from vehicles backing up and 70% of those cases involve parents or relatives.

Here are 5 tips to prevent backover and frontover accidents:

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