Everyone who has a driver’s license knows that vehicles have blind spots. These are the annoying parts of your vehicle that block your peripheral vision. When drivers fail to check these blind spots before merging, turning or taking other action, the driver faces the risk of causing a serious accident.
In these cases, drivers often claim that cars or pedestrians “came out of nowhere.” What can seem like an annoyance or inconvenience to drivers could mean serious injury or even death to others. After a blind spot accident in the Bay Area, we recommend that you speak to a San Jose auto accident attorney from our firm.
Needham Kepner & Fish LLP has decades of experience representing motorists injured in accidents caused by blind spots. When you allow us to represent you, we immediately investigate the vehicles and the scene of the crash to gather evidence for your case.
There is a deadline as to when you can file your claim, so be sure to contact us as soon as possibleto ensure that you are timely and receiving as much as you are entitled to.
How Can I Prevent Blind Spot Crashes?
Each model of passenger car, motorcycle and truck has different blind spots. No matter how a vehicle is engineered, there will always be portions of it that will not be in your direct field of view.
One of the most important steps you can take to avoid causing a blind spot accident is to ensure that you have a feel for the dimensions of your vehicle. Being aware of your blind spots could save someone’s life—even your own. The following tips are simple ways in which you could prevent a blind spot collision:
- Set up your mirrors before driving. Before starting your car, truck or motorcycle, take a moment to properly set up your side and rearview mirrors.
- Look before turning. Too many drivers put too much trust in their mirrors. Your mirrors, while useful, cannot show all your surroundings. When changing lanes, physically turn your head to ensure that a car, motorcycle or other vehicle is not beside you.
- Buy a rearview camera. Many new cars have preinstalled rearview cameras that can be useful for parking and backing up. If you have an older car, you may want to install a rearview camera.
- Make eye contact. When passing or driving alongside another vehicle, it is a good idea to make eye contact using the driver’s side-view mirror. This is especially important if the other vehicle is a truck.
- Do not linger in blind spots. Get out of other drivers’ blind spots as soon as you can do so safely.
Despite the fact that they exist on every car and every driver is aware of them, blind spots are the cause of serious accidents every day.
Even if you are cautious to guard your blind spots, other drivers may not be as careful. If you are injured in a blind spot collision, experienced auto accident lawyers will investigate to determine if you have a valid claim.
What Are Common Types of Accidents That Occur From Blind Spots?
Blind spot accidents occur for many reasons, but most often because a driver did not check for another car, truck or pedestrian before making a turn, and caused a collision. Hundreds of pedestrians are killed each year in California, some of which could have been prevented if a driver had watched their blind spot.
As technology advances to help us be aware of our blind spots, our reliance on these items can also create a false sense of security that can contribute to an accident later down the road.
Some more common types of accidents that may occur because of a blind spot include:
- Rear-to-side accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Truck accidents
Since the vehicles are normally side-to-side, the type of collision can differ in how serious they may be. A large truck swiping the front or end of a vehicle can cause a rollover or multi-vehicle accident. Regardless of how the accident occurs, you may be entitled to recover for your damages.
Contact a San Jose Auto Accident Attorney From Our Firm About Your Situation
If you have been involved in an auto accident that has left you or someone you love injured, call Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. We are experienced in handling blind spot collisions in vehicles of any kind. If your accident has left you in a condition that prevents you from visiting our office, we will visit you at your home or wherever is convenient for you.
To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at (408) 716-1668or online. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you are not charged any legal fees unless you recover compensation.