A blind spot is defined as the area surrounding an automobile which a driver cannot see while operating their vehicle. These blind spots are known to cause many accidents throughout our Ohio roadways and around the country each day.
In most passenger vehicles, the blind spot is located over the right or left shoulder of the person driving the vehicle and is typically due to the pillar holding together the windows and the doors of the car.
However, it can also be caused when the roof is up in many convertible vehicles.
Have you been hit by a driver that didn’t check or see you in their blind spot?
At the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our Cincinnati auto accident lawyers believe that if you or a member of your family has been injured as a result of another individual failing to check their blind spots, the victim may be entitled to compensation for any losses and damages which occurred.
Types Of Blind Spot Accidents
As blind spot accidents usually occur due to drivers failing to check for another vehicle in this area, these drivers tend to cause more severe accidents. Of course, there are several different types of collisions which can occur, all of which can be avoided by practicing defensive driving habits and also double checking for other vehicles or pedestrians in these zones.
Some common types of blind spot accidents include:
- Bicycle vs. Automobile
- Motorcycle vs. Automobile
- Pedestrian vs. Automobile
- Rear Side Collision
- Rollover Accidents
- Truck vs. Automobile
In any case, these accidents often times lead to injuries to the occupants, or the pedestrians in the surrounding area. Of course, the severity of these accidents typically depends on the speed at which the vehicle is traveling.
Injuries Caused By Blind Spot Accidents
When blind spot accidents occur, the driver of the vehicle typically has not slowed down until the accident has already taken place, thus resulting in serious damages and injuries. As with most injuries, they tend more severe when they happen at higher speeds of travel.
Some common injuries from blind spot accidents include:
- Air Bag Injuries
- Broken Glass Injuries
- Dental Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Passenger Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Whiplash Injuries
Following any type of accident, it is imperative for all individuals to seek medical attention. This medical attention will assure there are no injuries, or all injuries are properly cared for. It will also provide you with medical documents which can be used by our attorneys to develop a robust case against these negligent and injury causing individuals.
Preventing Blind Spot Accidents
Often times, blind spot accidents can be prevented by following all the rules of the road, practicing defensive driving habits, and also following a few simple safety tips. Also, in many of today’s vehicles, they are equipped with devices which will sense when another automobile is in a blind spot and alter the driver to avoid an accident.
Some ways of preventing blind spot accidents include:
Adjusting Side Mirrors
The right side mirror should be adjusted by leaning as far to the right as possible then turning the mirror so the side of the vehicle is barely showing. The left side mirror should be adjusted by leaning to the left side and turning the mirror so the left side of the vehicle is barely showing. This will allow for the driver to have higher visibility of their surroundings by widening their vision.
These mirrors replace the standard side mirrors in order to provide a greater visibility around your vehicle.
Blind Spot Mirrors
These mirrors were designed to be placed on your side mirrors and allow for an increased visibility in order to eliminate blind spots. They can be found at most auto parts stores throughout Ohio.
By reducing our speed it will enable us to be more aware of our surroundings and focus on the roadways. It will also reduce the severity of the accident if it does happen to occur.
As most blind spot accidents can be avoided by a driver practicing safe driving habits, sometimes an accident will still occur. Therefore, our personal injury attorneys are here for you when you need our support and will look to seek the maximum compensation benefits for your losses and damages.