What Do Motor Vehicle Blind Spots Have to Do With Your Florida Car Accident Case?

Imagine two people yelling at each other after a car accident. The first driver accuses the second one of driving in the first driver’s blind spot. The second driver says that the first driver should have paid more attention to where he was going. Driving in someone else’s blind spot is inevitable sometimes. When you are driving, you must be aware of your surroundings, including noticing if there is another car in your blind spot. Many accidents occur when drivers fail to notice a car in their blind spot. The good news is that most blind spot-related accidents do not result in severe injuries, but the bad news is that even an accident that does not involve serious injuries can be financially burdensome. If you are struggling with medical bills and other accident-related expenses after a collision in which one car was in another car’s blind spot, contact a Miami car accident lawyer.

Where are Your Car’s Blind Spots?

The better question is, where are your car’s blind spots right now? A blind spot is any part of the area near the car that you can’t see when you are in the driver’s seat, even when you look in the rearview mirror or the side view mirrors. Properly adjusting your mirrors will reduce the size of your blind spots, but it is not possible to have a truly panoramic view because of your car’s frame. Blind spots are the parts that are not visible ahead of you or through the car’s mirrors when you are driving. 

Recent developments in vehicle technology have reduced the risk of collisions related to blind spots. Rear-facing cameras give you a wider range of vision when you are reversing, for example. The side view mirrors of some newer cars also display an alert when another car is in your blind spot.

Blind Spots and Determining Fault for a Car Accident

The most effective way to prevent blind spot accidents is also the oldest and simplest, namely, moving your head so that you are looking at your mirrors from a slightly different angle. The fact that other cars drive through your blind spot while you are driving in traffic is an inescapable part of driving, and drivers-ed teachers routinely teach students how to deal with it. Therefore, when a car accident occurs because one driver did not notice the other one in his or her blind spot, the insurance companies will most likely find that the driver who did not see the other car in the car’s blind spot bears most or all of the fault. This is because it is very hard to make your car invisible to a nearby vehicle; you can only do it if your car is small and you carefully adjust your speed every time the other driver does. Furthermore, most blind spot accidents occur while one car is changing lanes, and the car that is staying in its lane has the right of way.

Contact Gerson & Schwartz About Car Accident Cases

A car accident lawyer can help you if you are struggling financially after a car accident related to blind spots. Contact Gerson & Schwartz in Miami, Florida, to discuss your case.

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