Am I liable for my blind spot? The short answer is yes, you can be held liable for a blind spot accident. The other driver who entered your blind spot, however, may actually be the liable one, or at least share liability. What exactly is a blind spot, and what should you do, if you have been involved in a blind spot accident? Let us discuss some facts on blind spots that every driver should be aware of.
A blind spot, by definition, is the area surrounding the perimeter of your car where the driver’s vision is obstructed, such as through the border of the windshield that is encased in metal, the rearview mirror, or the side mirrors. The blind spot accident occurs, when another driver enters the space where the driver’s line of sight is impaired.
The determination of liability in a blind spot accident can be very challenging, often requiring an investigation by accident experts. If you are involved in a blind spot accident, it can be critical that you do not admit fault, as the accident may not have been your fault. If the other driver entered your blind spot, they may be deemed negligent for an unsafe lane change. What you may need to do is take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding accident area, including the lanes. It can also be important to obtain the names and contact information for any witnesses.
If you were injured in the accident, it can be extremely important to seek medical care and keep records of the treatment and costs. It may also be a smart idea to maintain a journal of your pain and injuries, because if the accident is determined to be the fault of the other driver, you will be entitled to reimbursement and additional compensation for pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has experienced a blind spot accident, a personal injury attorney can advise you on issues of liability and the next steps to take to protect your interests and obtain any compensation you are entitled to.
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