Checking your blind spot is one of the most important maneuvers a driver can make when they are changing lanes. Unfortunately many drivers rely solely on their side-view mirror or the latest vehicle technology which sometimes is not enough.
Blind spot accidents are a common occurrence in the United States and according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation there were more than 7,600 car accidents caused by improper lane change in 2011. However, an additional 1,300 collisions were also caused by visibility obstructions.
The blind spot of most motor vehicles is the area to the right or left rear of the vehicle, it is typically obstructed by one of the vehicle columns that helps hold the car together. Other obstructions might include passengers and cargo within the vehicle.
Some may refer to a vehicle blind spot as the “no zone” as it is an area where motorists should avoid while in the adjacent lane of another vehicle. However, many fail to follow such advice while others are simply careless while behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a blind spot accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Preventing Blind Spot Accidents
With the advent of new safety technology many individuals rely on their vehicles to let them know when it is not safe to change lanes. However, this new technology has not been around for very long and many vehicles are not equipped with censors. Furthermore, a defective vehicle part could easily lead to a blind spot accident.
There are some ways that drivers can prevent being involved in a blind spot accident, including:
Convex Mirrors – Commonly found at local auto shops, convex mirrors are rounded at the edges and give drivers greater visibility on the road. The mirrors can replace the vehicle’s current side-view mirrors.
Blind Spot Mirrors – Another small adjustment is adding small blind spot mirrors to the vehicle’s side-view mirrors. These typically circular mirrors can also be found at local auto parts shops.
Properly Adjusting Side-View Mirrors – In 1995 the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published a paper explain how to properly adjust side mirrors. Most drivers are used to seeing the flanks of their own cars however adjusting them the mirrors outward so that the viewing angle of the side mirrors slightly overlap the rearview mirror will allow the driver to actually see their blind spot.
Slowing Down – Slowing down can bring a vehicle in the blind spot into view, however this practice should only be done if there is enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Checking Over – Another option is to quickly check your blind spot over your left or right shoulder depending on which way to you intend to move the vehicle. This should also only be done in safe conditions and may not be recommended for all drivers.
North Carolina drivers may also wish to take a defensive driving course to determine how they should deal with a driver moving into their lane improperly.
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