Blind Spot Car Accident - St Louis Auto Accident Attorney

by Christopher Hoffmann on Sep. 05, 2019

Accident & Injury Car Accident 

Summary: It’s estimated that around 37% of two vehicle crashes are caused by blind spots, meaning one of the drivers was not able to see the vehicle driving next to them.

3 Ways to Prevent Blind Spot Accidents

It’s estimated that around 37% of two vehicle crashes are caused by blind spots, meaning one of the drivers was not able to see the vehicle driving next to them.

Blind spots are especially common in larger vehicles such as trucks because the mirrors can often not be able to capture the full view of the surroundings. When a vehicle enters this blind spot, it can be dangerous because the driver could potentially act as if they are the only one on the road, and directly crash with the car in the blind spot.

Could these accidents be prevented?

How to Avoid Blind Spot Accidents

1. Adjust Your Mirrors

Improper mirror placement could potentially create additional blind spots. While it may not be possible to remove all of them, you can certainly make the blind spots smaller. Most drivers will position each side mirror in such a way to see the rear of the vehicle.

However, it’s better to move the mirror to see the lane right next to you. That way you can move the vehicles driving up to you in time and not have to turn your head to check for oncoming cars when you want to make a turn.

2. Drive Carefully Next to Trucks

Trucks and larger vehicles have bigger blind spots, so it’s important to be very careful when driving on the same road with them. For instance, driving right behind the truck, or right in front of it, will make your car practically invisible to the truck driver.

It’s best to keep your distance. Check to see if you can spot your car in the truck’s mirrors. If you can’t, then the driver won’t be able to either. If you want to pass the truck, signal the driver before. They will let you know it’s okay to pass. If they don’t, then perhaps you are driving in a blind spot and they cannot see you.

3. Stay Alert

A good part of these accidents can be completely avoided if the driver is always paying attention to their surroundings. Try to lower the number of potential distractions that could take your eyes off the road for even just a second. This will give you more time to react in case you need to, as you'll see any oncoming car in time.

I Was in a Car Accident. What Next?

If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, Missouri law says you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including medical bills and property damage. To get compensated, you’ll have to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

To make sure you get properly compensated, reach out to a St. Louis car accident lawyer as soon as you can. They will represent your interests in all the matters with the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement.

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