Every Michigan driver has blind spots around their car. Blind spots are areas around a vehicle where the driver cannot observe what’s happening while looking straight ahead or glancing in their mirrors. The size and location of blind spots vary depending on the vehicle.
Blind spot accidents come out of nowhere
There is no time to brace yourself when you’re involved in a blind spot accident. Because these car crashes occur due to an unseen danger, they come out of nowhere. Blind spot accidents typically happen at intersections, roundabouts and while vehicles are changing lanes.
High-speed highways are common locations for blind spot accidents since vehicles are changing lanes frequently. There are also a lot of large trucks driving on highways, and trucks typically have larger blind spots than smaller vehicles.
Blind spot accidents are common
Every year, more than 800,000 blind spot accidents happen across the U.S. While these accidents are common, the good news is that they are rarely fatal. Around 300 people die in blind spot accidents each year in the U.S.
How to avoid blind spot accidents
A lot of accidents could be avoided if drivers were more aware of blind spots. Take the time to understand where your car’s blind spots are and then make sure to compensate for them. For example, every time you change lanes, take a quick glance toward your blind spot on the left side to make sure the coast is clear.
To avoid accidents, it’s also important to be aware of other drivers’ blind spots. As you come near other vehicles, try to avoid hanging out in their blind spots. Remember that the larger a vehicle is, the larger its blind spots are.