Even with advanced technology — such as blind spot warning systems — you’re still at risk of a blind spot accident. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving on a city street or an interstate, you won’t be the only person on the road. And for that reason, the risk of a blind spot accident is very real.
If you have been injured in a Florida blind spot accident, consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Not only does this put your mind at ease, but it also improves the likelihood of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Common Causes of Blind Spot Motor Vehicle Crashes
Human error is responsible for every blind spot accident. While you can take steps to protect against mistakes as a driver, you don’t have any control over others on the road.
For example, if you’re driving on a fast-moving highway next to another vehicle, that driver could decide to change lanes abruptly and without a turn signal. By the time they see your vehicle — if they do at all — they’ve already caused an accident.
Some of the most common causes of blind spot car accidents in Florida include:
- Changing lanes without using the vehicle’s mirrors to check for others
- Relying solely on mirrors to determine if it’s safe to change lanes
- Relying solely on technology, such as a blind-spot warning system
And of course, the usual culprits can cause a blind spot accident, such as distracted driving and drowsy driving.
When a driver fails to check their blind spots, it can result in many types of motor vehicle accidents, such as:
- Sideswipe collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end collisions
Also, blind spot accidents can involve pedestrians and bicyclists.
How to Prevent a Blind Spot Accident
As noted above, you can’t control other drivers, but you have full control over the decisions you make. These are the types of steps you can take to prevent a blind spot accident:
- Use your mirrors: This is the first thing to check when making a lane change, as it’ll give you a good view of what’s happening around you.
- Use your eyes, too: Your mirrors are helpful, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a quick glance over your shoulder before merging or changing lanes. Remember, they’re called “blind spots” for a reason. It’s because your mirrors don’t tell the entire story.
- Avoid blind spots: Don’t get into the habit of driving in the blind spots of other vehicles. For instance, the longer you drive next to a commercial truck, the greater chance there is that it’ll lose sight of you.
- Pay attention at all times: Is someone driving in your blind spot? Are you concerned that another driver doesn’t see your vehicle? Paying attention at all times allows you to pinpoint dangerous situations before they cause an accident.
Potential Injuries in a Blind Spot Crash
Even a minor blind spot crash can cause serious injuries and even death. You may not feel any pain or discomfort immediately after your accident, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo a medical examination. Some injuries — such as those to your brain — may not present symptoms right away.
Common injuries associated with blind spot accidents include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Abrasions, cuts, and scrapes
- Back and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
Calling 911 immediately after an accident allows you to receive medical treatment at the scene, as well as transportation to a local hospital.
Questions to Answer After a Florida Car Accident
Once your health allows, turn your focus to the details of your accident by answering questions such as:
- Who was responsible for the accident?
- Do you have any evidence, such as photos of the scene and your injuries, to back up your claim?
- Have you filed an insurance claim?
- What is your medical team telling you about your injuries?
- Do you have the legal right to seek compensation?
Answering these questions will provide guidance on what you should do next. At this time, it’s suggested that you also consult with a Florida car accident attorney.
With 40+ years of personal injury experience, our team is available to provide you with legal assistance when you need it the most.
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