The truth is that backing crashes are largely preventable by the driver. However, obstructions and lack of visibility around the vehicle, make it difficult for drivers to see collision risks and avoid them. By improving drivers’ visibility around and behind their vehicle, they can avoid collision risks and other workers that they may not be able to see with standard backing tools. With backing systems, such as backing cameras and sensors, your drivers are able to prevent accidents that may result in injury and cause damage to vehicles.
Benefits That Make A Difference
Preserve the Safety of Your Workers
By providing your drivers with the tools to prevent my accidents, you will be helping to ensure the safety of, not only your drivers, but also other workers and ultimately the public.
Reduce Collisions and Costly Damage to Vehicles
Vehicles with backing technology are less like to collide with other vehicles, people and stationary objects, which reduces the financial loss associated with crashes.
Influence Driver Behavior
Backing technology provides drivers with visual information that helps them determine how to avoid collision risks before and accident can occur. This helps drivers actively prevent accidents from occurring.
Improve Driver Visibility
A driver is not able to see many collision risks with vehicle mirrors and general observation. With a backing technology, drivers have greater visibility around their vehicle, and therefore, feel more confident and safer operating agency or company vehicles.
Maintain Uniform Fleet Safety Standards
By May 2018, all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds are required to be equipped with rear visibility technology, right off the manufacturing line. If you plan to add new vehicles to your fleet, you may begin to see a discrepancy in your safety standards with inconsistent fleet technology.
Save on Insurance Premiums
Insurance companies recognize safety programs that help to manage the risk associated with operating a vehicle. Backing systems support these safety programs by minimizing the amount of preventable accidents within your fleet, which lower your insurance premiums.
Each year there are on average 463 fatalities and 48,000 injuries, of which 6,000 are incapacitating, as a result of backing crashes.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, November 2008
One out of four vehicle accidents can be attributed to poor backing techniques.
Source: National Safety Council
From 1998 through 2007, preventable backing crashes cost Caltrans at least $5.45 million in vehicle repairs alone; this is not counting medical costs, employee lost time, vehicle lost time, and third-party expenses.
Source: California PATH Research Report
According to government statistics, backing up unsafely is one of the key factors contributing to vehicle accidents.
Source: The Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) Motor Vehicle Safety Programs Fact Sheet
From 2000 through 2006, the majority of fatal accidents at US surface mines involved obstacles or workers in the rear blind area of reversing equipment (67%).
Source: Department of Health and Human Services
The leading cause of fatalities for workers in work zones is being run over or backed over by vehicles.
Source: National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse
When a pickup truck or multipurpose passenger vehicle strikes a pedestrian in a backover collision, the incident is four times more likely to result in a fatality than if the vehicle were a passenger car.
Source: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Dec 2010