Blind spots are much more common than you might think. Even if you don’t have many blind spots because you are driving a sedan or other small passenger vehicle, it is important to recognize that other drivers in different types of vehicles do have blind spots. Minivans, cargo vans, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and semi-trucks all have blind spots that keep them from seeing traffic around them. Here’s what you need to know about blind spots and how to avoid accidents.
Knowing Your Blind Spots
It is important to know the blind spots on your own vehicle. Sit in your vehicle and adjust your mirrors for the best view around your vehicle. When driving, be aware of what you can and can’t see in your mirrors and as you turn in your seat to look over your shoulder before turning or changing lanes. If you are aware of your blind spots, you can adjust your driving habits to ensure that they do not cause you to create an accident.
Know Other Blind Spots
It is also important to be aware of the blind spots of other vehicles. For example, a semi-truck has rather large blind spots, especially on the right side of their truck and trailer. You need to stay far enough back alongside the trailer that you can be seen in the driver’s mirrors, or you need to be close enough to the cab that you can be seen by the mirrors. Anything in between is a blind spot to the driver, and they could try to change lanes or turn, not knowing that you are in the way.
If you are in an accident caused by your blind spot or someone else’s blind spot, the fault will lie with who neglected to compensate for the blind spot or obey traffic laws. These accidents can sometimes be difficult to determine fault. Your best bet in these situations is to contact an experienced attorney that can examine the case and represent you with the insurance companies.
If you have recently been in an auto accident caused by blind spots, contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation.