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Blind spot collisions: Who is liable?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2022 | Personal Injury

A blind spot is an area around a vehicle that drivers cannot see using their mirrors. Usually, blind spots are more prominent in larger vehicles, such as trucks, compared to standard cars. As a motorist, you should be aware of other vehicles’ blind spots and stay clear. If the other driver cannot see you, they may not act on time to avert a disaster, or they may crash into you.

If your accident occurred inside another vehicle’s blind spot, you might be wondering where liability lies. Are you wrong for being in another vehicle’s blindspot? The simple answer is no, and other factors may come into play.

It depends on the circumstances of the accident

Being in another vehicle’s blind spot is almost inevitable. Therefore, the other driver cannot shift responsibility by claiming that they could not see you. All drivers must ensure they are aware of their surroundings at all times, and they could be held liable for a crash if they are negligent.

Did you have the right of way? Were you speeding or tailgating? The lead-up to the accident will determine where liability will fall, and in some cases, both drivers may share the blame.

Staying safe from blind spot accidents

You need to avoid other vehicles’ blind spots for your road safety. Do not drive too close to other cars, and ensure your mirrors are correctly adjusted to give you the most expansive view of your surroundings. Additionally, ensure that you regularly check your surroundings and be aware of potential hazards. Remember, if you cannot see the other driver through their side mirrors, they most likely cannot see you as well.

Being well prepared in case of an accident is also in your best interests. That way, you will not do anything that may jeopardize your claim if you suffer physical injuries or property damage.