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How blind spots cause car accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

One of the most common causes of car accidents in Minnesota is a driver hitting another driver that they didn’t see. For example, if you are next to a semi-truck, and the truck driver can’t see you in their rear mirror, you are in their blind spot. Driving in another vehicle’s blind spot can have serious consequences.

What creates blind spots?

Blind spots are created when a vehicle travels near another vehicle yet not behind it. When a driver cannot see a vehicle in their rearview or their side-view mirrors, the car is said to be in the driver’s blind spot. Common blind spots are near a vehicle’s rear axles, and the bigger your vehicle is, the bigger your blind spot will typically be.

In some cases, a blind spot can be created by a defect or breakage in the mirror itself. It can also be caused by the chassis columns that surround your doors and windows. The size and extent of a blind spot will depend on the size and height of the driver. It can also vary according to the type of vehicle they are driving.

Motor vehicle accidents can occur at any time on a road or highway. However, they are particularly prone to happen if you are lingering too long in another driver’s blind spot. This can lead straight to rear-end and broadside collisions.

How to avoid blind spot accidents

The best way to avoid a collision with another vehicle is to drive safely. You can do this by keeping to a safe speed, obeying all road safety laws and keeping your eyes open. Make sure to keep your mirrors precisely adjusted and in good condition.

You should always maintain a safe distance between other vehicles on the road and your own. Never drive directly alongside another vehicle because this is usually the exact area where the blind spot will be. Avoid distractions such as cellphones so that you can keep your eyes on the road.