Practical Tips on Avoiding a Blind Spot Car Accident
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jun 25, 2018 in Car Accidents
Many car accidents involve one vehicle crashing into another that was in one of the first car's blind spots. This includes blind spot crashes on highways and interstates when both cars are traveling at high speeds and there is a much higher risk of severe injuries, like concussions and other forms of physical trauma.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury from a blind spot car accident, it is crucial to contact a licensed Silver Spring car accident lawyer from Goldberg Finnegan for help. We can answer any questions you have about pursuing a legal claim based on a blind spot car accident.
Below are some practical tips on how to avoid these accidents. This includes accidents where you crash into a car in your blind spot and accidents where you are in another car's blind spot.
Eliminating Blind Spots
Blind spots are typically around the rear part of the vehicle on either side of the driver. No matter where these spots exist, it is important for the driver to be aware of them and know how to eliminate them before hitting the road. Some ways to reduce or eliminate blind spots include:
- Adjusting your rearview and sideview mirrors so you can see as much space around your car as possible
- Learning where your blind spots are so you can make sure to check them before changing lanes or merging
- Turning your head to look behind you when backing up and not just relying on your mirrors and backup camera
- Being aware of the cars around you, particularly ones that are close to your blind spots
Many drivers plan for the unforeseen possibility of a car accident by installing or purchasing vehicles with rearview cameras. These allow drivers to monitor the cars and objects behind them while backing up. Some cars have sensors instead of cameras that warn the driver of any obstacles or vehicles nearby.
Eliminating blind spots is harder to do in longer vehicles, while drivers in compact cars may be able to adjust their mirrors so they can see everything around their cars.
Avoiding Other Vehicles’ Blind Spots
It is also important to be aware of the blind spots of other vehicles. You cannot count on other drivers to check their blind spots before changing lanes. If you find yourself in another vehicle's blind spot, slow down or pass the other car to get out of the area and reduce your risk of an accident.
You will need to pay attention to both sides of the road to avoid other vehicles' blind spots. A good rule to remember is that if you cannot see yourself in the other driver’s mirror, he or she cannot see you.
By taking these practical steps, you can dramatically reduce your risk of a crash that could cause severe injuries, which can include:
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal damage
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken or sprained joints
Contact a Trusted Attorney for Support
If you were injured in a blind spot car accident, contact a reputable Silver Spring personal injury attorney at Goldberg Finnegan for assistance. We can evaluate your situation in a free consultation to determine your options for recovering compensation for damages.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees and you only pay us if we help you recover on your claim. You have nothing to lose by calling us today.
Contact Goldberg Finnegan today by calling (888) 213-8140.