This week individuals across the nation kick off the New Year by getting a headstart on those new year’s resolutions. Some are going to start going to the gym, others will start to eating right, and in true new year spirit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is following through on its own resolutions and trying to push through the Car Backup Camera Rule after being postponed for 2012.
On February 29, 2012, the NHTSA postponed its final rule to expand the rear visibility requirements for cars, aimed at protecting against backover accidents. Backover accidents due to blind zones account for 292 deaths and 18,000 injuries annually and most often affect children and the elderly. The rule would require that all new vehicles be manufactured with a rear facing backup camera, increasing visibility, as well as increase requirements on how quickly these cameras take affect when shifting into reverse. It is estimated that the cost to consumers would be between $159.00 and $203.00. Although delayed at the end of 2012, there is a final push for the rule to take effect on all vehicles manufactured by 2014. Those manufactured before 2014 would not be required to have a backup camera.
This new rule comes with a host of new vehicle and traffic rules and regulations that are expected to pass in 2013, making the roads a safer, more enjoyable place for all.
A Cum Laude Honors graduate of Cumberland School of Law, Alabama tort law expert Mike Roberts has successfully litigated cases covering civil litigation, personal injury, negligence, product liability, wrongful death and fraud. He is the author of six editions of Alabama Tort Law, and is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court.