Blind spots are areas around a vehicle that drivers cannot see using their mirrors. As a result, they are unaware of what is happening around them and cannot react on time to prevent an accident.
By design, all vehicles have blind spots which can be big enough to block another car, cyclist or pedestrian. The rule of thumb is that the bigger the vehicle, the larger its blind spot.
Here is what you need to know about staying safe around blind spots:
Do not assume anything
A lot happens on the road, and even when you think you are in direct view of a driver, it might not be so. Driver distraction is commonplace and you might slowly creep into a driver’s blindspot without them noticing it.
Be careful at intersections
Road intersections and blind spots are a recipe for disaster. Cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians are all at risk in these dangerous sections of the road which is why you need to be careful. Pay attention to other drivers’ turn signals and avoid anything that takes your attention off the road.
Be aware of other vehicles’ blind spots
Being aware of your blind spots as well as those of other vehicles will help you avoid them. Adjust your mirrors accordingly and always ensure some distance between you and the car ahead of you or beside you.
If you have been involved in an accident because you were in another driver’s blind spot, it does not necessarily mean that you were the one responsible for the crash. It all boils down to the actions of both drivers since every situation is different. Understanding car accident laws is crucial in navigating a claim after such an accident, and it could make all the difference as to whether you get the settlement you deserve or not.