One of the first things that every driver learns about when he gets behind the wheel of a vehicle is to check his blind spots before changing lanes or making certain types of turns. However, as motorists get more and more comfortable behind the wheel of a car, this habit may fall to the way side, increasing the risk of blind spot car accidents.
Although blind spot accidents don’t get as much press coverage as other types of accidents, these collisions can be serious and deadly. Below and in a second part of this blog, we will highlight 5 things that drivers should know when it comes to blind spot accidents; these points may help drivers both reduce their chances of getting into blind spot accidents while also protecting their rights to compensation if other drivers cause these accidents.
- Blind spot accidents are more common and deadly than you may think – In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, each year in the U.S. more than 300 people are killed in the approximately 840,000 blind spot accidents that take place.
Despite the fact that these accidents are commonly thought to result in fender benders or relatively minor traffic accidents, they can have severe, catastrophic consequences when they involve large tractor trailer trucks (hitting any other vehicle) and/or vehicles hitting motorcycle riders, bicyclists and/or pedestrians.
- Blind spot accidents are ENTIRELY preventable – If all drivers checked their blind spots before changing lanes and make turns, they would be aware of whether another vehicle or person is in their blind spot, and they could avoid causing blind spot accidents. Unfortunately, however, drivers are not always alert, they can be careless and their failure to simply look over their shoulders to check their blind spots can have serious – possibly even deadly – effects.
Check out the upcoming second part of this blog for some additional facts and important information regarding blind spot accidents.
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At the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon car accident lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, we are passionate about our clients, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life.
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