If you drive an older vehicle, you may be familiar with the classic blind spot problem when attempting to back out of your driveway or parking spot or change lanes on the highway. You signal that you’re moving into another lane and begin to check your rearview mirrors, only to realize that the car behind you was in your blind spot the whole time.
Fortunately, today’s vehicles have plenty of tech built in to make driving safer than ever before, including rear-end cameras designed to prevent this type of collision.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident, especially on busy roads with lots of lanes and heavy traffic. When a motorist strikes the vehicle ahead of them from behind, it can occur because a driver did not see the car in front of them slowing down or stopping at an intersection. However, reversing accidents are also common. They happen because a motorist misses something behind them. This oversight can have catastrophic results.
Of all types of collisions, rear-end crashes comprise 60% of all injury-causing or fatal accidents every year in the United States. Many countries worldwide have made rear-end cameras mandatory equipment on all vehicles to help prevent these types of accidents—the U.S. included.
Throughout the remainder of this article, we’ll tackle how effective rear-end cameras are at reducing crashes.
How Rear-End Cameras Work
No matter whether a rear-end camera comes as a dashboard or center console-mounted screen or as a built-in feature on rearview mirrors, they make backing up safer and easier.
The mirror variation of a rear-end camera not only aids you in seeing what’s behind you but along the blind spots on either side of your vehicle. These dual-purpose mirrors are particularly effective in that they:
- Aid you in backing up in inclement weather, when rain or snow is perhaps covering your side mirrors or back window
- Provide additional visibility when headlights or streetlamps are reflecting off your side mirrors, making it difficult to see anything in them
Your rearview mirror camera shows an actual image of what’s directly behind your car. Most cameras also allow you to adjust the range settings so you can see more of what lies behind you.
Which Types of Motorists Use Back-Up Cameras?
The installation of rear-end cameras on new vehicles has been mandatory in the U.S. since 2018. Many commercial vehicles, including buses and trucks, have after-market back-up cameras and other technology that allows them to see what lies ahead if they were manufactured before the federal law was passed requiring their installation.
What Are Pros and Cons Associated With Rear-End Cameras?
Rear-end collisions, whether we’re talking about ones in which a motorist crashes into a driver’s vehicle in front of them or collides with something that they didn’t see in their path behind them, are often attributable to visibility issues and distractions.
American Automobile Association (AAA) data has shown that back-up cameras improve visibility by 46%. Other AAA research has shown that these cameras result in 27% fewer fatal reversing accidents.
Back-up cameras can capture what lies behind a vehicle within anywhere between a 120 to 180-degree angle and at the height of an average adult. This means that these cameras can capture what lies in the rear side portions of the vehicle where the blind spots lie and behind the trunk and bumper.
One detail rear-end cameras can’t help with, though, are distractions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of every four collisions are caused by distracted driving.
Motorists often have a lot on their minds when they first get in their vehicles, including the task that they just completed, what else they need to do, tending to their phones, and finagling with things in their vehicle like the air conditioner or radio.
Drivers can get so caught up in what they’re doing that they neglect to look around them, resulting in a crash. Unfortunately, back-up cameras can’t help drivers who don’t look at them.
Are After-Market Rear-End Camera Installations Effective at Curbing Accidents?
The NHTSA notes that all motorists can benefit from installing back-up cameras on their vehicles if they were manufactured before they became mandatory.
What To Look for When Purchasing a Rear-End Camera
You’ll have to replace a traditional mirror with an after-market unit if you want to avoid glare from sunlight, so you’ll certainly want to look at the installation instructions to verify you can handle them before making a purchase.
A rear camera should offer a wide view, equating to at least 10 degrees wider than what your mirror provides. The image quality and resolution should be extremely high, as any blurriness or pixelation could put you at serious risk of missing something and becoming involved in a Gulfport crash.
How Do Attorneys Help Individuals Injured in Rear-End Accidents?
Many motorists take far too lax of an approach to driving. They don’t inspect or perform regular maintenance on their vehicles to ensure they’re safe, don’t use their vehicle’s onboard technology to avert a crash, and allow far too many distractions to grab their attention when on the road. All of these factors make sharing our Mississippi roadways with others very dangerous.
The unfortunate news is that there’s nothing you can do to make it so that an injury accident never happened. However, Mississippi law does afford most car accident victims the right to recover compensation if they can prove a motorist’s negligence resulted in their injuries.
Proving negligence is seldom easy to do, so you’ll certainly want to schedule a risk-free consultation with a lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case, including liability issues. It’s only after that meeting occurs that one of our Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law attorneys can provide you more specific details about the rights you have in your case.