A large number of accidents happen because drivers fail to check their blond spots before they make turns or back up.
Car accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from driver negligence to defective vehicle components. A large number of accidents happen because drivers fail to check their blond spots before they make turns, back up or make similar other maneuvers while driving. Vehicle blind spots can cause various different types of accidents and injuries. In fact, some reports show that blind spots are responsible for as many as 50 children being backed over each week. Of these, 2 children succumb to their injuries
If you have been injured in an accident with a vehicle with a large blind zone, it may prove to be an important factor in your case, because it is more likely that the driver caused the accident by failing to consider the vehicle’s large blind zones. In this post, our St. Louis auto accident attorneys will discuss accidents that involve vehicles with large blind spots.
Vehicles that have large blind zones
A blind spot or a blind zone is the area that the driver cannot see from their seat. Over the years, it has been observed that rather than making the blind spots smaller, and hence, the vehicles safer, the blind zones have actually become larger. There are many large vehicles on the roads, which have much bigger blind spots compared to the passenger cars. Pickups and SUVs are becoming increasingly popular with their modern styling features such as high rear decks and short rear glass. While these features render aesthetic appeal to the vehicle, they also create dangerous blind zones that can lead to an accident.
Front end blind zones
While most of us think that blind zones exist only in the rear or side of the vehicle, the reality is that in some large vehicles the driver is so high off the ground that they have dangerously large blind spots near the front of their vehicle as well. These blind spots can cause serious problems in traffic situations such as intersections, road crossings and roundabouts. There are various factors that can create large blind zones in the front of the vehicle, these include:
- Height and width of the vehicle
- Distance between the driver and the pillars on both sides of the windshield
- Angle of the windshield
- Thickness of these pillars
- Height of the driver in relation to the dashboard
How can we prevent accidents caused by large blind spots?
Each year, a large number of accidents occur due to blind spots, however, there is still no federal standard for rear visibility. It is important that drivers of the vehicles with large blind spots are extra careful about vehicles driving around them, and the other drivers should also be careful when driving around a large vehicle’s blind zone.