Blind spots are something all drivers deal with when they’re behind the wheel.
What is a Blind Spot?
It’s the area around a vehicle that drivers cannot see even when their mirrors are properly adjusted. Such spots, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cause 840,000 accidents each year in the United States resulting in 300 fatalities.
Kinds of Accidents Caushttp://www.nhtsa.gov/ed by Blind Spots
Intersections, multi-lane roads, and roundabouts all reduce visibility which greatly increases the risk of a blind spot accident. Some of the most common ones are rollover, side-swiped, rear-to-front, and rear-to-side.
Blind Spot Accident Injuries
Victims of blind spot accidents may walk away without a scratch, or they could suffer injuries that range from minor to severe. They include:
- Seat belt injuries
- Internal injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Occupant ejection injuries
If the collision involved a car and a commercial truck such as an 18-wheeler, victims are more likely to sustain severe injuries.
Ways to Prevent Blind Spot Accidents
- Don’t put anything on your windows that will block your view
- Adjust your rear-view mirror to frame your back window
- Always look over your shoulders to manually check your blind spots before changing lanes or backing up
- Add blind spot mirrors
- Keep out of other drivers’ blind spots, especially when it comes to large trucks