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The Extent of Backover Collisions Internationally

Fildes, B, Keall, M, Newstead, S

Safer Vehicles: Vehicle technology and crash assessments

ARSC conference 2017

This study reports good consistency in international comparisons of the number and severity of backover crashes. More than half occurred to pedestrians aged 60 years and older. Children less than 9 years comprised 5% of these crashes with a similar percent aged 10 to 19 years. A significant 41% reduction in real-world backover crashes was found for Australian vehicles with reversing cameras. A range of driver and pedestrian manoeuvres were found and 11 crash scenarios identified in backover collisions. Mandating the fitment of reversing cameras in all vehicles and enhancements would likely enhance the safety of pedestrians in reversing manoeuvres