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Why blind spot awareness is crucial to safe driving

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Truck Accidents

Many accidents could have been avoided if people had seen the other person before they hit them. They could have taken avoiding action or stopped the maneuver they were about to do.

People, whether on foot or in another vehicle do not just jump out of the woodwork. They were there all along, it’s often just that they were sitting in someone’s blind spot.

Trucks have large blind spots you need to avoid

As a collision with a truck is likely to leave you severely injured it’s worth learning about a truck’s blind spots even if you have no intention of ever driving one. In short, you need to avoid being close to them, whether that is in front, behind or along the side.

Newer cars often have major blindspots due to their bulk

Modern cars, especially beefed-up SUVs, have thicker pillars than older vehicles. These are the posts that support the roof and there is one at either side of your front windshield and one on either side of your rear glass. 

Try discovering how much of your view they restrict by parking up somewhere safe away from the road and having a friend walk slowly around your vehicle. Try having them close to the vehicle and further away. The more you understand your blind spots, the better you know to accommodate them when driving in real life.

It’s clear that vehicle design is not perfect and it can be difficult for drivers to see everything going on around them. Does that make them blameless if they injure someone they did not see? Of course not. Shoulder checks and mirror adjustment can play a big role in eliminating blind spot dangers. If someone missed seeing you, you may be able to hold them responsible for compensation.

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