Back-over Car Accidents

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Located in Elkins, West Virginia, Wolfe Law Firm offers comprehensive representation in personal injury law. Attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe dedicates his practice to victims injured by negligence. Personal injury clients throughout North Central West Virginia rely on Wolfe Law Firm to successfully handle their cases. We are proud to give clients the personalized attention and stellar representation they deserve.

Back-Over Car Accidents

Careless drivers tend to back-over people when in reverse. Even if no pedestrians appear in the rearview mirror, it does not mean the coast is clear. People are often in the driver’s blind spot or holding the hands of children who do not appear over the trunk of the car. Children and toddlers are especially easy to miss, even when the driver turns around to check. Large vehicles like SUVs and trucks have less visibility and can even back over smaller cars, trapping the driver underneath. This failure to reverse the car safely may be caused by any number of factors, including:

  • Old age
  • Speeding
  • Neck injury
  • Intoxication
  • Inexperience
  • Blocked view
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Defect in car or part
Back-Over Accidents Can Cause Serious Injury

All drivers have seen other motorists backing out of a driveway into oncoming traffic. Some parents have even pulled out of the garage, hitting children in the driveway. Even at low speeds, back-over accidents can cause serious pain. The impact of steel on skin certainly leaves its mark. When a motorist continues to reverse without looking, the impact can be fatal. The same is true for cars backing over objects at a high velocity. Victims harmed in back-over accidents may suffer from a variety of injuries, including:

  • Cuts, bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Fractured joints
  • Amnesia, paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of extremity, limb
  • Partial or total disability
  • Neck, spinal cord injuries
  • Permanent disfigurement
Back-Over Crashes Caused by Driver Negligence

West Virginia law protects car accident victims injured by driver negligence. Negligence generally refers to unreasonably careless behavior that leads to an accident that injures another person. Personal injury is based on the theory that negligent parties breach a legal duty. Motorists, for instance, are negligent when they fail to safely operate their automobiles. Unsafely backing out a car is an example. Drivers who floor the accelerator in reverse or back out at an unreasonable speed are usually considered negligent. Even motorists who make a cursory glance at the mirror or over their shoulder may be liable in damages if they back over another person. Victims injured in back-over accidents may recover compensation from the negligent driver.

Back-Over Accidents Caused by Product Liability

Some back-over crashes are not the driver’s fault. A recent group of cases shows that some cars have a defect called “sticky pedals.” This may cause the pedal to stick to the floor mat or increase velocity when applying brakes. Car manufacturers are liable for any defect in the car and are forced to recall dangerous vehicles every year. A flaw in the make, model, or design of the car is known as a product defect. Product liability suits allow injured victims to recover substantial damages from manufacturers without proving negligence. In other words, manufacturers are “strictly liable” for injuries caused by the defective product. They must compensate the victim for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Manufacturers may also have to pay punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs.

Call a West Virginia Personal Injury Dedicated to You

If you were injured in a back-over accident, contact a skilled West Virginia car accident lawyer at Wolfe Law Firm today. We have extensive experience defending the rights of car accident victims and recovering the compensation they deserve. At Wolfe Law Firm, you are not just another number; we focus on your case and are committed to maximizing your award at trial or through settlement. Concentrating on North Central West Virginia, Wolfe Law Firm provides quality representation to victims injured in this region without the big firm expense. Call us at (877) 637-5756 for a free consultation, or contact us online.