Blind spots are impossible to eliminate entirely, and they cause a number of accidents, injuries, and deaths in Texas every year. Blind spots are areas that drivers cannot see when they look in any of their mirrors. These areas are most commonly found at the back corners of vehicles and extend several feet backward. Larger vehicles like trucks, SUVs, and vans have significant blind spots directly behind the vehicle due to their height.
If individuals are unaware of blind spots or do not consciously pay attention to these areas while driving, they are likely to cause a car accident.
If you were in a collision and are suffering because another driver did not check their blind spots, work with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. We can help determine who is liable for the crash and seek compensation for your injuries.
Call (281) 283-8500 for a free, no-risk consultation because we only get paid when you recover compensation.
Houston Blind Spot Car Accidents
Blind spots directly behind and to the sides of cars are more than an annoyance. They can cause serious accidents if drivers do not pay attention.
Blind spots can lead to:
- Backing into objects or individuals
- Changing lanes into another vehicle
- Pushing another vehicle off the road
- Pushing another vehicle into oncoming traffic
Accidents caused by blind spots can lead to two- or multi-vehicle accidents that result in property damage, minor to serious injuries, and fatalities. Blind spots on larger cars are particularly dangerous to children. Every year, adults back into kids playing in their driveways, causing preventable serious injuries and deaths.
Blind Spots Depend on the Driver
One of the variables that many do not consider is the height of the driver. The shorter the driver, the more disadvantaged they are in seeing around the vehicle.
According to Consumer Reports, an average-height driver at about 5 feet 8 inches in a mid-sized sedan has a blind spot directly behind the vehicle of about 13 feet. This extends up to 22 feet for a driver shorter than 5 feet 1 inch. An average driver in a large SUV has a backing up blind spot up to 19 feet. A shorter driver in a large SUV may have a blind spot up to 31 feet behind them.
While this should not dictate what type of vehicles you should purchase and drive, it shows how large blind spots may be. Shorter drivers, in particular, should be aware blind spots for them in any vehicle can be significantly larger than for taller drivers and must adjust their mirrors and drive accordingly.
How to Reduce Blind Spots
There are a number of ways to reduce the size of blind spots and to avoid causing a blind-spot-related accident.
- Adjust the driver’s seat. Drivers should sit up straight behind the wheel. If the seat can be adjusted upward, shorter drivers should use this feature to increase their lines of sight.
- Adjust the side mirrors. A driver’s side mirrors are their friends. These can be adjusted to see down the length of the car. Drivers should be able to see a person standing at the back corner of their vehicle on each side through these mirrors.
- Install and use backup cameras. Many newer vehicles have backup cameras, however, you may be able to install one on your older vehicle. Backup cameras can greatly reduce backing into an object or person within the vehicle’s blind spot.
- Be aware of traffic. One of the best ways to avoid an accident is for drivers to keep track of the traffic around them.
- Look over the shoulder. Drivers should quickly look over their shoulders to check for vehicles before changing lanes.
Contact a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Today
Every vehicle has blind spots and it is the driver’s responsibility to adjust the vehicle’s mirrors to minimize these spaces, pay attention to traffic, and look over their shoulder to check before changing lanes. The crash that caused your injuries may have come about because the other driver failed to take these steps.
If you believe you were hit and injured because of blind spots, contact a Houston personal injury lawyer at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible. We will investigate your situation to determine who is responsible and explain the best way to seek recovery for medical expenses, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, physical impairment, and disfigurement.
Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a consultation.