A Tragic Accident Claims the Life of A Seven Year Old Boy Buxton, North Carolina BoyThere is no greater loss for a parent than to lose the life of your child. The very thought of even someone else loosing their child causes emotional pain when hearing of such an event. The small community of Buxton, N.C. is feeling this type of inconsolable pain because of a tragic accident which involved a seven year-old boy. On Sunday, June 7 Caesar Ramirez was playing outside with three other children when his neighbor was backing out of his driveway. Sadly, the neighbor was watching the other three children but didn’t see Ramirez and backed over the little boy with his vehicle. According to highway patrol the accident happened around 6:30pm and the little boy was pronounced dead at 9:20pm at the Hatteras Island Medical Clinic. There is no information at this time if charges will be filed.
This type of accident not only affects the parents and family of the child but also the person who accidentally backs over the child. As an experienced personal injury lawyer I cannot emphasize enough the importance of being cautious when backing out of a driveway. These types of accidents that cause injury or death are unnecessary and preventable. Auto makers are making strides in providing safety options to prevent such a back-over accident but the number of children involved in these accidents are still too high as the safety precautions are not on every car.
Kids and Cars is a Kansas based organization whose goal is to heighten awareness of the type of tragic accident that claimed the life of Caesar Rameriz. The organization states the following recommendations:
Walk around and behind the vehicle before moving it.
Know where your kids are. Make children move away from the vehicle to a safe place where they are in full view before moving the car and know that another adult is properly supervising children before moving your vehicle.
Teach children that “parked” vehicles might move. Let them know that they can see the vehicle but the driver may not be able to see them.
Consider installing cross view mirrors, audible collision detectors, rear view video cameras and/or some type of back up detection device.
Measure the size of your blind spot (area) behind the vehicles you drive.
Be aware that steep inclines and large SUV’s, vans and trucks add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.
Hold children’s hand when leaving a vehicle.
Teach your children to never play in, around or behind a vehicle.
Keep toys and other sports equipment off of the driveway.
Never leave children alone in or around cars.
Keep vehicles locked at all times, even when in the garage.
Keys should never be left within reach of children.
Make sure all children passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars in busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.
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