While driving, you always want to make sure to avoid blind spots. This will help ensure that you are visible to other drivers. Decreasing the likelihood of getting into an automobile accident. Typically, many accidents occur because of this very problem. Drivers not being able to see a specific area right next to them. This area is known as a blind spot. Let us investigate how drivers end up in blind spots and how we can avoid them.
Blind Spots and how they occur
Blind spots occur due to an unexpected visual impairment. This can be caused by either the driver or outside sources that are in the vicinity of the driver. Blind spots will always occur as well, especially for larger vehicles. The larger the vehicle, the larger its blind spot. If you are an owner of a Truck or an SUV, this means your blindness is larger than the majority of drivers. People with bigger cars should always double-check their blind spots. Not keeping an eye on your blind spot can be very dangerous and result in an automobile accident.
Human error is another sure way blind spot accidents can occur. Typically, people can be driving recklessly or be distracted, not paying attention. Below are other ways blind spot accidents can occur.
- Texting and distracted driving
- Intoxication/Drunk Driving
- Reckless driving
- Low visibility weather
- Unsafe lane changes
- Night driving
How to avoid blind spots
The good thing is that there is a myriad of ways to help reduce the likelihood of being in a blind spot. Below is a list of ways to potentially help reduce the chances of being in a blind spot
- Look in the direction of the blind spot more in-depth to improve your vision
- Adjust your mirrors to see all areas
- Check all car lanes before putting your foot on the pedal and making that next move
- Watch the cars in your vicinity
- Use turning signals to let other drivers know what direction you are going
- Look out the window if needed
- Stay out of other driver’s blind spots
Possible blind spot areas
Typically, you can expect blind spots to occur while looking at the rearview or side mirrors. Although you may think you’re good to go. As mentioned above sometimes it’s best to turn your head and check yourself. Trucks and bigger vehicles also have bigger and more blind spots. While a car can have 2-3 blind spots. Trucks can have a total of 4, especially if it is a heavy-duty or construction vehicles.
Involved in a blind spot accident and injured?
If you or someone you know were involved in an accident. You want to make sure you are taking the correct steps after the accident.
- Always check and make sure no one is injured
- Call 911 and have them request medical help
- Move all vehicles to a safe location
- Collect witnesses and evidence
- Hire a personal injury attorney