Frontover accident: when a car, truck, SUV, or other automobile drives forward and strikes a child, usually resulting in death.
With the increase in ownership of large vehicles across the country, the amount of frontover accidents is happening. A safety organization, Kids and Cars, tracks incidents like these and determined that from 1996-2000, there were a total of 24 frontover accidents.
From 2006-2010, there were 358 frontover accident deaths across the country.
In an experiment between a mother and her 5-year-old son, they determined that a driver in a SUV may not be able to see a child in front of their vehicle unless they are 8 feet ahead. Only at 16 feet was the mother able to see her child's entire body seated on a scooter in front of her vehicle.
Most people think they would be able to see a child in front of their vehicle but experiments like this one prove otherwise. It is important for drivers to walk around their vehicle and teach their children to stay away from vehicles because drivers can't always see them.
Most victims are children aged 12 to 23 months. This makes checking the surrounding area even more important because they are not aware of vehicle dangers.
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