Blind spot accidents are a risk anytime a driver gets behind the wheel. On busy roads, traffic congestion often forces other vehicles to travel in your blind spot. This area of visual impairment is dangerous to other passenger cars. It can also cause serious or fatal injuries to bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians. However, the process of recovering compensation can be a challenge when standing up to aggressive insurance carriers and trucking companies.
At the law offices of Graves McLain, we are ready to discuss your situation and guide you through the available paths for compensation.
Newer model passenger cars often have many features to reduce the risk of someone driving in your blind spot. Experienced drivers have years of time spent in many different situations and have developed quick reflexes to avoid collisions. Despite these factors, there are numerous instances where the chance of a blind spot accident occurring is very high.
It is critical to constantly monitor your surroundings while driving and keep a close eye on areas where the view around your car might be blocked. Blind spots include many more places than just the sides of your vehicle. They include anyplace on a roadway where your vision is obstructed in any way.
Blind spot accidents are especially common in these driving situations:
Sometimes, a blind spot accident occurs when you are the one in the blind spot. The sheer size of commercial trucks means they have large areas where visibility is limited or nonexistent on all sides of the vehicle. If you travel beside a truck or directly behind it, you are effectively invisible to the driver as they navigate through traffic.
The basic rule of thumb states that “if you cannot see a truck’s side-view mirrors, the driver cannot see you.” This can become catastrophic when a 90,000-pound tractor-trailer changes lanes and cuts off a passenger car that was following too closely.
The three major blind spots, or “no-zones”, on commercial trucks are:
Modern cars emphasize large windows and multiple safety features to ensure maximum visibility, but there are still many instances where objects and other vehicles are hidden from view. Good driving education emphasizes frequently checking mirrors and the road around your car to ensure the way is clear. However, a driver is only in control of their own vehicle, and the actions of other drivers and pedestrians can turn a simple trip to visit loved ones across town into a serious accident.
There are many steps you can take to decrease the chances of being involved in a blind spot accident. Some simple recommendations are:
Many new cars have accident avoidance technology to aid you in preventing blind spot accidents. Flashing lights on side-view mirrors or sound warnings can alert you to when another vehicle is in your blind spot. Be sure to activate these features when driving.
Blind spot accidents in Tulsa happen frequently and may be as simple as a sideswipe collision with one other vehicle or as catastrophic as a multi-car pileup involving fatalities. No matter how serious your accident is, there are some recommended steps you should take:
If you are injured or your car sustained damage, it can be very stressful in the time following an accident to schedule medical visits and car repairs. Additionally, if you decide to seek compensation, you may need guidance on how to proceed. The expertise of a competent legal team who is experienced with the ins-and-outs of blind spot accidents can make this easier for you.
If another driver collides with you because they failed to check their blind spot, you must still work to prove their negligence. If they were swerving to avoid an object that had fallen off another vehicle, then there may be a third party at fault. Blind spot accidents can easily become more complicated than they first appear. Regardless of who is to blame for the crash, there are several pieces of key evidence that will strengthen your case for a settlement or claim.
Some examples of evidence that can prove fault include:
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