Blindspots are areas surrounding a vehicle that drivers cannot see even with their rearview and side mirrors. Contrary to popular opinion, all cars have blind spots, but for larger vehicles such as trucks or buses, their blind spots are more extensive and pose a real threat to the safety of other motorists.
Blindspots can be caused by components of the vehicle as well as the passengers inside. The driver’s height can also contribute to blindspots as shorter or taller drivers may have trouble seeing certain areas around the car.
Types of blindspot accidents
There are several types of blindspot accidents, all caused by a driver’s reduced visibility. Depending on the speed of the vehicles involved, blindspot accidents can be deadly. Some common examples include:
- Lane changing accidents which occur when a driver fails to notice oncoming traffic when switching lanes.
- Blindspot accidents at crosswalks and intersections are particularly dangerous to pedestrians.
- Blindspot accidents can also happen when reversing or backing up due to limited vision, especially with larger vehicles.
- Sideswipe accidents whereby two vehicles traveling in the same direction collide on the sides.
There are other instances where blindspots can cause an accident which is why all drivers need to be observant of their surroundings.
Who is at fault following a blindspot accident?
A blindspot does not absolve responsibility for an accident. If another driver negligently switched lanes without considering other motorists and caused an accident, they cannot claim that a blindspot obscured them. Legally, they are at fault, and if you are a victim, it is necessary to be aware of the steps to take against such a driver.
However, every case is different, and either party may share some or all the blame. Knowing how to navigate your case hinges on your understanding of the law surrounding car accidents and how they apply to your case.