Blind Spots and California Driver Safety

It is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security out on the road, especially with the large volume of driving that the residents of Southern California undertake. California is by all accounts a car-centric culture that thrives on its freeways, and the ability to get people where they need to go.

To avoid becoming a victim of a Southern California car accident it is imperative that you have an awareness of blind spots and an understanding of how they can create dangerous situations out on the road.

How To Combat Blind Spots   
The first step to combating careless driving is to make a concerted effort to be aware of where the blind spots are on your specific vehicle. This can be accomplished by having a friend walk around your vehicle while you are parked.  As they are walking try to see where they are by only looking in your mirrors. Where they disappear is where your blind spots are located and precisely where you should turn your head to look when making a lane change.

You Are Not The Only One
When out on the road, you are not the only person contending with blind spots.  Being able to identify where other drivers may not be able to see you is crucial to avoiding a possible accident. When making lane changes do your best to avoid changing lanes into fellow drivers’ blind spots. Sometimes lane changes into blind spots are a necessity, but it is prudent to try and exit the blind spot quickly and in the safest manner possible

Blind Spots and Unique Vehicles
Motorcyclists’ blind spots are unique, as their vision is limited by how far they are able to turn their head to observe what is going on around them. Making sure that there is plenty of space is necessary to providing a safe and efficient roadway.

Semi truck drivers also present a unique predicament in that their blind spots are far-reaching and expansive. If you cannot see a truck driver’s mirrors, then chances are he cannot see you and you are in a potentially dangerous situation. Even if a truck driver’s mirrors are visible, it is good practice to just assume that he still cannot see you and drive as if you were invisible. This will cause you to assume the worst and react to it in the best way possible.

Had an Accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident related to a blind spot, you may be entitled to compensation that may cover medical bills, lost wages, and various other financial burdens. The Southern California car accident attorneys at Steinberg Injury Lawyers are ready to speak with you about your case at 1-800-989-6385.
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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