A blind spot accident is sudden and unexpected because you don’t see it coming. These accidents are frightening for residents driving on Texas roadways. Newer vehicles come equipped with blind spot monitors, which help reduce motor vehicle accidents. Around 800,000 blind spot motor vehicle accidents occur annually.
Blind spots are areas around a truck, car, or SUV where the driver cannot see safely or clearly. When the other driver is diagonally behind you or directly beside you if you’re in a truck, these are some examples of blind spots known as no-zones.
The height of the driver and the vehicle affect the size and location of the no-zones. Motor vehicle accidents occur because of blind spots created by lane changes, roundabouts, merging, and especially while driving at higher speeds.
Correct mirror settings reduce blind spot accidents
It’s always best to check all mirrors before driving. Pedestrians often bump side view mirrors, and you don’t discover it until it’s time to change lanes. Convex mirrors support a wider view range, or you can add small blind spot mirror enhancements to your current mirrors.
Ensuring that you can see the oncoming traffic on both sides of your vehicle will help to avoid motor vehicle accidents.
Monitoring your blind spots and other drivers also reduces motor vehicle accidents and increases safety.
Properly using turn signals when changing lanes lets other drivers know your intentions. A driver might not see you but will usually see your signal lights. Ensuring that the other driver sees you before entering a new lane or turning protects you against an unfortunate motor vehicle accident.
Always remain alert while driving.
Loud music, talking, and passengers are serious distractions while driving. Keeping a safe, consistent speed, monitoring traffic behaviors, and being prepared to stop suddenly and safely is the most prudent way to avoid motor vehicle accidents.
Blind spots also occur when cars, pedestrians, or debris are lower than your rearview mirror can detect. Before starting your vehicle, a brief look at your surroundings to see what’s going on can save lives and property damage.