If you are a driver, you have most likely heard the warning: always pay attention to your blind spots. When you are in your car or truck, surrounded by the large metal frame, seeing every single angle may be a difficult task. It’s important to know, though, that one slight oversight when checking blind spots and a collision can occur, resulting in serious injuries. This is why learning how to avoid blind spot crashes is so crucial to protecting yourself and others on the road.
At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa auto collision attorneys are determined to help individuals drive safer so others can enjoy the road without concern of a crash. The blind spots, if you were to analyze your vehicle, is the area next to the car that cannot be seen if you were looking forward or checking the rear-view or side mirrors. These are the areas towards the rear quarter of the vehicle to the left and right. You can try to turn your head briefly, but that may be considered dangerous and can also leave you missing some of the area you need to view. There are ways that you can avoid the potential dangers associated with blind spots, and you should take the time to learn how you can better notice these areas around your vehicle.
How to Detect Vehicles in Your Blind Spots
One of the most effective ways to eliminate blind spots as much as possible is adjusting the mirrors on your vehicle to the point where you have a panoramic view behind you. This can give you the most angles in your view and help you detect when another vehicle is in your blind spot. You can also use various types of mirrors that combine a regular mirror with a smaller, circular mirror that gives you a different angle towards the blind spot of your vehicle. Even with perfect alignment, however, there are times when you won’t be able to view the full blind spot.
Occasionally, a driver may be required to turn their head slightly toward the direction of the lane they intend to enter and use their peripheral vision to detect any vehicles. If a person fails to check their blind spot, and another vehicle is in the lane, a collision may occur and it could result in the vehicle spinning out of control. This is a preventable crash, however, as many people can view their blind spot, but don’t take the time to align their mirrors correctly or even fail to check the blind spot out of negligence.
For many drivers, practice makes perfect. If you are unsure of what to do to check your blind spots, give yourself a bit of a test. As you’re traveling on the highway and notice a vehicle approaching in the lane to your left, watch it in the rear-view mirror. As it gets closer and you start to notice it disappearing from the rear-view mirror, quickly glance to the driver side mirror. You should be able to see the vehicle. As you start to see the back end of the vehicle, use your peripheral to glance to your left. If you see the vehicle, you have your blind spots covered.
If you have been injured in a crash because another driver failed to check his or her blind spot, you may be able to hold them accountable for the collision. Call our Tampa auto collision lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks and learn what options you may have.