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Motor vehicle accidents and blind spots

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2021 | Car Accidents |

When taking to the road in Georgia, people should focus on safety. While there are common ways in which auto accidents happen. such as distractions, motorists who are under the influence, drowsy drivers, speeding and recklessness, it is also important to be cognizant of blind spots. Just like any collision, this can lead to serious injuries and fatalities.

Key facts about blind spot car accidents

As its name indicates, blind spot accidents stem from being unable to see a vehicle that is sharing the road. Often this involves a vehicle that is running alongside, but it can also happen in a variety of situations. Trucks often have a sign that says, “If you cannot see my mirrors, I cannot see you.” That is due to blind spots. Statistically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that there are more than 800,000 blind spot accidents annually. Any accident can cause long-term physical and financial damage.

There are strategies to mitigate the risk of blind spot accidents. Ensuring the mirrors are adjusted properly so visibility is maximized should be a priority when heading out. Simply relying on the mirrors is a temptation, but it is also wise to use your eyes. Knowing where the blind spots are can be helpful to prevent them from being an issue. As with any aspect of driving, obeying the traffic laws, adhering to the speed limit and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles are strong preventative measures. Finally, it is critical to be aware. Any driver might be distracted by a phone, the radio, passengers, eating or onboard navigation, so it improves safety to avoid these missteps that cause motor vehicle crashes.

Addressing challenges after a blind spot accident

Regardless of drivers’ safety precautions and attentiveness, it is an unfortunate reality that blind spot crashes will happen. They can lead to major injuries and long-term problems that cause physical, emotional and personal challenges. Having assistance from those experienced in these accidents is essential to gather evidence and determine how to proceed.