Can blind spot collisions be prevented? 

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

A driver’s view around their vehicle will almost certainly never be unobstructed.  The sections around a vehicle that a driver is unable to see are often referred to as blind spots. The most common blind spot is the area between the rear end of a vehicle and its rear-view mirrors. 

Blind spot collisions often result from a vehicle changing lanes while neglecting to pay attention to their blind spots. This type of accident is especially hazardous for motorcyclists. Motorcycles do not afford their users the same levels of protection as larger, four-wheeled vehicles. Consequently, blind spot collisions can have catastrophic consequences for motorcyclists. Thus, it is important to consider ways in which these accidents could be prevented. 

What can drivers do to prevent blind spot collisions?

Firstly, drivers should make themselves aware of what blind spots are and where they are most likely to be. This will allow drivers to pay careful attention to the areas when changing lanes and making other maneuvers. 

Vehicle users should also adjust mirrors to a position that achieves optimal vision. Furthermore, using turn signals in the appropriate manner can go a long way to preventing collisions.  

What can motorcyclists do to make themselves safer?

As previously mentioned, motorcyclists face a heightened risk of being injured in blind spot collisions. Wearing brighter clothing is one method that can significantly reduce the risk, particularly during hours where daylight is waning. The more visible motorcyclists are, the more likely drivers will be able to spot them before making any maneuvers. Additionally, motorcyclists should utilize headlights and turn signals in an effective manner, while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles. 

Taking these measures could help to ensure your safety. Furthermore, understanding the law relating to vehicular accidents can help you uphold your legal rights and protections.