Blind Spot Accidents

Blind spot motor vehicle accidents are a hazard that continues to happen even with new technology evolving in newer model vehicles that is meant to reduce and, ultimately eliminate, such tragic incidents that can cause Catastrophic Injuries and even Death. Overall motor vehicle accidents are estimated at 5,500,000 per year. The information provided herein is meant to educate you on how to protect yourself and your family from a blind spot accident and help you if you are in a blind spot motor vehicle accident in Atlanta, Georgia, Marietta, Georgia, DeKalb, Georgia, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Fulton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, and all the other surrounding communities in the State of Georgia.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published a paper in 1995 suggesting how outside mirrors could be adjusted to eliminate blind spots. The paper advocates adjusting the mirrors so far outward that the viewing angle of the side view mirrors just overlaps that of the cabins rearview mirror. When positioned correctly this will eliminate or at least reduce blind spots. It takes time to adjust to the new rear view mirror positions but this adjustment may reduce, but will not eliminate, much of the turning and looking back to identify any obstacles in your blind spot before you begin to drive. It is important to note that no matter how your mirror is adjusted that it is imperative that you physically turn and look to make sure that there is nothing in your blind spot as you drive. The new mirror positions may also eliminate the need for expensive cameras and sensors that may not be available in older model vehicles to detect other vehicles that may be around you in your blind spots. People who have adjusted to this system, and who also physically look to make sure that nothing is in their blind spot, are confident they will most likely, but not for certain, avoid a blind spot accident.

Although we may take many measures in adjusting our mirrors, physically looking to make sure that nothing is in our blind spot, purchasing motor vehicles with new technology designed to reduce the amount of blind spot incidents, and physically getting out of our cars to make sure that there is nothing in our blind spot, these incidents still do occur. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we are experts in Motor Vehicle Accidents and we have been extremely successful in representing people who have been involved in accidents that involve blind spots. If you or one that you love has been involved in a blind spot accident, then please Contact Us as soon as possible so that we may discuss your case. All of our initial consultations are at no cost to you.

The good news is that scientists and engineers are creating, and continue to research, many new technologies in an effort to prevent and reduce the blind spot accident. New systems in motor vehicles are being equipped with cameras and sensors, for example. The formal name of the systems currently being developed are sometimes known as the Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSMs) or the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). These new monitoring systems are becoming standard for new vehicles, cars and trucks.

Education about types of vehicles and the particular design that is used to determine if the design is efficient and actually enhances safe driving may be a deciding factor for the consumer when purchasing a new vehicle. With so many motor vehicle accidents in the United States and so many different models and types of cars, trucks, vans, tractor trailers, utility vehicles and electric cars, blind spots are a serious flaw in the manufacturing of such vehicles. Fortunately, with all of the technology in place today and the inspections to address this highway hazard we are on the path to reduce and, in time, hopefully eliminate, the blind spot accident which ultimately protects you and your family.

There are many publications about blinds spots and how to avoid them while driving such as the adjustment of the rear view mirror discussed herein above. There are also more technical advances, as discussed herein above, that are being installed in newer model vehicles in an attempt to avoid or reduce the blind spot accident such as are outlined by The Society of Automotive Engineers.

Despite all of our advances in technology and all of the information available to the public, the harsh reality remains that every year children are injured and killed by drivers in blind spots accidents, and a staggering seventy percent (70%) of these cases happen when parents and relatives that don’t see the child or children while backing up, and this can happen in your own driveway. The problem with the significant blinds spots behind a vehicle is that parents and drivers can not see behind the vehicle from inside the car. There are many different types of cameras now, as more fully discussed herein above, in newer model vehicles that are designed so that the driver can see directly behind the vehicle to prevent such tragic events from happening.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it will be advocating new laws in 2018 that will require all automobile manufacturers to install back up cameras in all new vehicles. The efforts to install technology in newer model vehicles must be approached with caution, however, since there is no amount of technology that can replace the driver from getting out of the car, no matter where the car is located and what technology is installed in the vehicle, and physically looking behind the car before backing up to make sure that there are no children, adults, animals, other vehicles, or other obstacles that could cause a blind spot accident. Time and again research has shown that this prevention alone is worth a pound of cure.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Personal Injury Lawyers are experts that understand blind spot accidents and have had success representing thousands of people and families who have suffered as a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents, whether or not the accident does or does not involve a blind spot, in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding communities. If you have been injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident, or if a loved one has been killed in a Motor Vehicle Accident including an accident involving a Tractor-Trailer, then please Contact us immediately for your free legal consultation by and or all of the following means; by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, by email at; and/or Contact us on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss the particular circumstances of your case.