Florida residents are no strangers to motor vehicle accidents. With so much traffic on the roads, it’s inevitable that accidents happen. Some of them are due to blind spots, which are often avoidable.
What is a blind spot accident?
A blind spot accident is a vehicle accident that occurs as a result of a driver not being able to see another vehicle in their mirrors. These types of motor vehicle accidents often involve trucks. The much larger size of a commercial truck means the driver is much higher and more likely to have blind spots around certain areas of the truck. As a general rule, if you cannot see a driver in their mirror, they won’t be able to see you in their mirror, either.
Blind spot accidents usually happen when one vehicle makes a turn or lane change in front of another vehicle. If the vehicle traveling straight fails to see the one making the turn or lane change, it can result in a serious collision and injuries. If one of the vehicles is a huge truck, catastrophic injuries may result.
How can drivers avoid blind spot accidents?
There are measures that drivers can take to avoid getting into blind spot accidents. Never cut off a vehicle regardless of its size and only pass other vehicles from the left.
Drivers must always safely pass other vehicles. Keeping alert at all times and making sure they can see other vehicles’ mirrors are important. Drivers should always be patient when passing another vehicle. Avoiding impaired driving from drug or alcohol use and even from fatigue can keep everyone safer and avoid a blind spot accident.
It’s important to give other vehicles plenty of room when passing them. Drivers should also stay at least one vehicle’s length behind the one ahead of them and avoid tailgating. With the right level of diligence, you can stay safe and avoid getting into a blind spot accident.