Blind Spots and Car Accidents
A lot of car accidents in Pennsylvania involve mistakes made around blind spots, or those “no zones” near vehicles where the drivers can’t see. The blind spots on large trucks are especially dangerous because they are larger than most other vehicles. However, awareness of blind spots is critical for every driver.
Be aware of your own blind spots
Motor vehicle collisions involving blind spots happen frequently while drivers are changing lanes on busy highways. If a driver checks their mirrors and doesn’t see any cars, they may think that it’s safe to move over. However, a quick check with the eyes may be needed to ensure that the blind spot is clear.
Some motor vehicle accidents involving blind spots may be prevented with better mirrors. Before driving, you should always make sure that your mirrors are properly adjusted to angles that provide maximum visibility. You may also consider purchasing new convex mirrors that provide a wider view area.
Be aware of other drivers’ blind spots
Always remembering to stay out of a semi-truck driver’s blind spot is a good rule of thumb. However, it may not always be possible to stay completely out of passenger car drivers’ blind spots, especially during heavy traffic. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t think about blind spots, though. Remember to always be aware of blind spots and the potential for drivers to change lanes without checking them.
Liability for blind spot accidents
A driver who changes lanes without checking their blind spot would probably be held financially responsible for a car accident they cause. However, every car accident involves a unique set of circumstances that can make determining liability complicated.