Blind Spot Accidents in Trucks, SUVs and Cars

Every year 840,000 crashes and 300 fatalities are attributed to blind spots. All vehicles have obstructions to the view outside and fully eliminating blind spots is not always feasible. However the driver is responsible for accounting for these blind spots when backing up or pulling into an adjoining lane. The blind spot is not a defense in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Berenson Injury Law has focused exclusively on auto accident recovery cases for close to four decades. We know how to prove that the driver acted negligently by not properly scanning areas blocked by blind spots.

How Blind Spots Occur

Blind spots are those areas outside of a vehicle that the driver cannot see. Headrests, window pillars, other passengers or items stacked inside the vehicle may cause blind spots. The blind spot may not hide outside objects that are close to the car but nonetheless pose a danger when objects are further away. For example, an approaching vehicle may seem to suddenly come into view in an adjoining lane at a point when switching lanes would be unsafe. Likewise, a person standing behind the automobile might be hidden until the vehicle is within moments of striking him.

Other blind spots, such as the vehicle’s frame, completely cover outside objects. Therefore the driver may not immediately see a motorcycle that is riding along side his SUV in the adjoining lane.

Even when the driver can see an approaching car, the side mirrors may distort the driver’s perspective. The label on the typical convex mirror installed on most automobiles warns objectsin the mirror arecloserthan theyappear. This inadequate warning does not help the driver adjust his perspective to account for the distorted image.

Blind Spot Does Not Excuse Liability

“I didn’t see him.” We hear this line all the time from at-fault drivers. Blind spots can prevent the driver from seeing motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, but that does not eliminate liability. The driver is responsible for looking before changing lanes, making a turn or backing up, which includes checking blind spots.

If the opposing party claims not to have seen you, our attorney considers this statement an admission of fault. Usually the at-fault driver failed to look and/or activate his turn signal. In essence, he has definitively admitted to not following the basic duty of care ascribed to all drivers.

Blind spots in SUVs and pickup trucks

Every vehicle has blind spots, but the view in sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks typically have a much larger area of obstruction. This problem has been called a deadly flaw in sports utility vehicles and trucks because of the number of fatalities tied to this design issue.

Many newer vehicular models come with important safety features, including blind spot monitoring. An advanced driver assistance system might include radars and cameras that detect nearby objects. A small light on the side mirrors or a beeping sound alerts the driver that an object is in the blind zone.

In some vehicles, a dashboard screen displays the area hidden in the blind spot. Unfortunately these high-tech dashboards may also pose a serious driving distraction. Other SUVs market passive blind spot monitoring, which is really just a fancy mirror that brings objects in the blind spots into view.

Our personal injury attorney remains up to date on the latest blind spot technology and which vehicle models come equipped with the various types of technology. Because automobile and truck collisions are the sole focus of our firm, we understand how the role these blind spot monitoring systems play in your claim.

Recover from the driver whose failure to scan around blind spots resulted in an accident in Fort Worth

Berenson Injury Law regularly represents pedestrians and other drivers hit by motorists who failed to properly scan blind spots. Learn more about filing a claim against the driver who injured you at a free case evaluation with our experienced personal injury law firm. We handle your injury claim pursuant to our contingency fee plan. No recovery – no fees or expenses.

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