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You can certainly take in the view while driving, yet a vehicle’s design limits a full panoramic view. Mirrors reveal a lot, but they leave significant areas unseen. These vehicle blind spots are large enough to conceal pedestrians or other cars and are a big factor in many road mishaps. Also, if you don’t notice a blind spot, your car can just as easily lurk in another driver’s, heightening the risk of a collision.
Drivers need to be vigilant – not just for their own vehicle’s blind spots but for others as well. Awareness is your best defense against hidden hazards. But despite all precautions, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one are in a collision due to a neglected blind spot, you must understand who is at fault and how to protect your rights.
The Ohio car accident lawyers with Kisling, Nestico & Redick can clarify the law and your options, which may include recovering compensation. KNR offers 100% free initial consultations and no upfront costs. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW to discuss your blind spot-related car accident.
A vehicle blind spot is any area around a car or any vehicle that the driver cannot see directly from the driver’s seat, even with the help of the mirrors. These areas are caused by the car’s design, such as the pillars around the windshield and the door frames.
Blind spots are dangerous because they can hide other vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians from the driver’s view. This can lead to accidents, particularly in cases where the driver changes lanes or merges into traffic without checking their blind spots first.
Vehicles can have several blind spots, depending on the specific model of the car, truck, SUV, or van and the driver’s height.
The most common blind spots are at the back corners of a vehicle. These triangle-shaped blackout zones extend several feet behind the rear corners of the vehicle. Other blind spots are directly behind the car, and for some vehicles and drivers, small sections of the road are blocked by the support pillar between the windshield and driver or passenger door windows.
When looking for vehicle blind spots, most envision the rear corners, especially during lane changes. Yet, the often-overlooked area directly behind the vehicle can be surprisingly vast, leading to numerous backup collisions and related injuries.
A Consumer Reports study highlighted the startling blind zone sizes:
Many newer models of cars indeed feature blind spot sensors and backup cameras to alert drivers to unseen hazards. Despite this technology, drivers must actively check their surroundings since these aids aren’t foolproof and can miss obstacles.
The responsibility to ensure safety remains with the driver; technology enhances but doesn’t replace the need for vigilance on the road.
A vehicle’s shape can significantly reduce or increase blind spots. According to Consumer Reports, sedans generally offer better visibility than SUVs, but notable exceptions exist. For example, the Subaru Forester outshines its competitors in the small SUV category, offering superior visibility that benefits drivers of all ages. In contrast, the Chevrolet Camaro has been called out for its compromised visibility.
When test-driving, one should prioritize ease of viewing over features, ensuring that shoulder checks and parking maneuvers can be performed confidently.
Determining responsibility in a blind spot accident can be complicated. In many situations, assigning fault involves establishing who had the right of way and whether any drivers were negligent.
Yes, vehicles in a blind spot can also be negligent. While the driver who is maneuvering is typically responsible for ensuring it is safe to do so, the driver in the potential blind spot can contribute to the fault under certain circumstances:
In shared fault scenarios, both drivers’ actions are assessed to determine how much each contributed to the accident. This concept, known as comparative negligence, recognizes that multiple parties can be at fault to varying degrees.
Some blind spots can never be diminished entirely due to the make of the vehicle and your height. However, you can significantly reduce the size of blind spots by following a few basic safe driver practices:
After an accident caused by no fault of your own, it’s advisable to consult with a lawyer, especially if you’ve sustained injuries.
Experienced attorneys, like those at Kisling, Nestico & Redick in Ohio, can conduct a thorough investigation to determine fault for your blind spot collision, guide you through the complexities of insurance claims, and pursue a personal injury lawsuit if needed. This could result in securing much-needed compensation for the losses related to the crash, such as medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you were hurt in a blind spot accident, call the experienced Ohio personal injury lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick as soon as possible. With a strong track record in auto accident cases, KNR focuses on you and your needs while doing everything possible to bolster your chances of a favorable outcome.